Starting the routine when young will get your puppy used to the sensation of having their teeth brushed which will make your life a whole lot easier. It’s a lot more difficult to get an adult sized dog used to it, while also getting you hand in their mouth.
Logic® Oral Hygiene Gel is ideal for puppies as this can be used from 3 months of age. It comes with a free soft finger brush which is great for their little teeth and mouths. It is a tasty formulation so you should have no trouble getting them to lick it off the brush.
Practice lifting up their lip while they are sitting still so you can have a good look at their teeth and gums. Do this over time to get them used to the feeling. This is highly recommended as it will also make your vet’s life a lot easier when they look at their teeth. Reward your puppy for letting you check their teeth.
Squeeze a pea sized amount of Logic® Oral Gel onto the free finger brush and let your puppy lick it off. Do this a few times until you are happy that your puppy is used to the taste of the toothpaste.
Once your puppy is used to step 2, squeeze a pea sized amount onto the finger brush and softly begin brushing their teeth. Begin with the front teeth as they are the easiest to reach and once your puppy is comfortable reach further to get to the back teeth. Use a circular motion if possible focusing on the area where their tooth meets the gum. Only the outside surface of your dog’s teeth need to be brushed.
The gold standard care for your dog’s teeth is to brush them every day. This is easy once it is part of your normal routine. and your dog may come to look forward to this time! Do try and ensure you are brushing their teeth at least 3 times a week, to ensure the brushing is effective.
Follow up the brushing with a Logic® Orozyme Dental Chew. These are very low in calories and help fight bad breath as well as helping with the removal of plaque.
If you really struggle to get a finger brush or a toothbrush in your pet’s mouth, Logic Oral Gel can be used without brushing. It can be applied directly into their mouth or onto a paw/toy for them to lick off.
NEVER use human toothpaste for your dog as most human toothpastes contain fluoride which is extremely poisonous to dogs.