Cleaning your dog’s teeth is very important and should become apart of your routine. I don’t personally like using a toothbrush on my dog’s teeth, I feel like it’s messy and too many items. I use dental wipes, then follow up with the breath spray, but use which ever you find easiest and that your dog doesn’t mind!
I try to clean my dog’s teeth daily, but only end up doing it a few times a week, the more often you do the easier it becomes and helps prevent big vet bills due to when they need them professional clean due to years of build of tarter and plaque which the bacteria can go into their bloodstream and cause infections if left untreated.
Make sure you’re using only dog friendly products made for dogs! If your dog isn’t use to getting it’s teeth brushed it takes time and patience to build up trust and learning how to hold their mouth, lift up their lips and clean. Again the more you practice, the easier it will become and make sure to get those back teeth! The back teeth are where they do the majority of the chewing so those build up the most plaque and tarter. Also if you smell anything funky or your dog doesn’t want you anywhere near their mouth it maybe because they have an infection and you should make an appointment with your vet as they may need professional cleaning. If that’s the case, then it’s just a chance to start over once they’re professionally cleaned so they don’t have to go under anesthesia as often, especially since it is preventable. Your dog should still visit their vet and have their teeth examined at annual exam.