My dad constantly comes at me… even once a day… with this long plastic thing he calls a toothbrush and shoves it in my mouth! What good is this going to do for me? He expects me to stay still and allow this torture to happen! Any advice why I should let him do this to me?
-The cleanest mouth ever.
Dear Cleanest Mouth Ever,
Unfortunately, I suggest you let your dad attack you with the toothbrush. He’s doing it for your own good. He’s trying to clean off the tarter build up on your teeth to not only keep them shiny, but also to keep your gums happy (that’s the red stuff holding your teeth in). There are so many problems that can stem from having bad teeth INCLUDING heart disease! A bad tooth can also stop you from enjoying your favorite toy, bone or even your own food. He really should be brushing your teeth once a day and luckily there is dog specific toothpaste that tastes like chicken… YUM. Human toothpaste is bad for dogs and that mint is gross.
The more he takes care of your teeth, the less likely you’ll have to visit my mom at the clinic. You’ll take a long nap, which is nice, but wake up missing your teeth! Sometimes they won’t take any teeth. Sometimes they will take one or two and sometimes they’ll take ten or more!
I do have some advice for your dad, if you want to pass the information along…
First, he should start with just a paper towel on his finger and graze your teeth every other day or so. This will help you get use to the feeling and realize that nothing bad is going to happen. I think he should also give you treats to make it a positive experience.
Second, he can add doggy toothpaste to the paper towel to get you used to the taste. It’s actually really good and you may not need treats with it!
Third, he can move up to what the humans call a “finger brush”. There’s no actual bristles but there are rubber nodules on the finger brush to clean. He can either stick with the finger brush or move up to a dog tooth brush.
I think once you go over these steps with your dad, you will both hopefully have a good experience and I hope you understand why he needs to clean your teeth.