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How to Floss a Dog's Teeth

By Contributor | Updated September 26, 2017

How to Floss a Dog's Teeth. Just like humans, dogs need regular brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath. Flossing and cleaning a dog's teeth may seem ridiculous to some, but it can prevent costly tooth extractions and even extend the life of your dog.

Take the easiest route to flossing your dogs teeth by purchasing a flossing bone. These bones look like a rope and contain baking soda and fluoride.

Consider allowing your veterinarian to clean your dog's teeth under anesthesia. This will make flossing easier for you as it removes the hardened plaque.

Purchase regular dental floss without any flavor. Also purchase dog toothpaste. Coat the floss with a thin layer of dog toothpaste.

Allow your dog to taste the toothpaste. It tastes good, so your pet will likely want more.

Start flossing the front teeth which are easy to access. Work your way back to the rear teeth as your dog becomes more comfortable.

Offer your dog treats after flossing every few teeth. To avoid residue buildup in his mouth, use canine popsicles as treats.

Reward your dog with a walk or play after completing the flossing.

Tips

  • The first time flossing may not be easy, but your dog should get used to the activity over time.

Warnings

  • Don't floss the teeth of a dog who has a history of biting or growling as you approach his food or other possessions.

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