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Old 01-27-2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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Can you tell me please, how can I clean my PhoebeŽs teeth? I have a brush for puppies , but Phoebe doesnŽt let me to do it. Do you have a brilliant formula to do it? Thanks!
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I taught Rylie to think it was the most awesome time of the day! She literally comes running when I take the toothpaste out.

I started out with letting her lick the toothpaste off my finger. That's it and praising her for it. Then when we were relaxed in cuddle time, I got her used to me touching her face and then lips and then mouth with my hands (also good for if they ever get something in their mouths you don't want them to have). Lots of praise!

Then I got her used to the toothbrush by putting toothpaste on it and letting her lick it off there. Every time the toothbrush came out and she came to it and was interacting with it, she got a treat and praise! Eventually, we got up to her letting me open her mouth and brush it. I started with just lifting the lips and doing front/sides only and then treats/praise.

Now she lets me just open her mouth and go to town. Some days she's less compliant than others (I think it has to do with the fact she's getting teeth in and losing others and her gums probably hurt...), but she's normally very good. She always gets a treat after grooming/teeth time!!!

I hope this is helpful. It worked for us. Good luck! Maybe others have some good tips too!
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:37 PM   #3
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If your pup doesn't like the toothbrush you can use gauze that you put over your finger and rub their teeth. Again, go about it slowly to get them use to it. You can buy rinses that are made to get rid of the plaque and use the gauze with that also.
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You don't need to open the whole mouth, you just need to move the lips to gain access to the outside of the teeth. Read this link and watch the video, very informative:

http://www.squidoo.com/cleaning-your-dogs-teeth

Before reading and watching this, I struggled with my dogs every day with brushing. I thought it was like brushing human teeth and you had to take the brush or fingertip thing and get at each and every tooth...totally not the case. Now our dogs and me are happy not having to go through that day in and day out. I hope this helps a bit.
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Taycie was AWFUL in the begining and she hated getting her teeth brushed.

I started by just getting her used to my finger in her mouth. If she was sitting on my lap I would lift up her lip and gently rub her gums on each side.

Then I moved to adding toothpaste. I would let her lick it off and rub it gently on her gums.
Then I moved to a Long looking q-tip and that really made an improvement. That helped her get used to something in her mouth.

Finally a few weeks later I started using a baby toothbrush. I buy the 4-24 months. Very small. It worked the best for us!

Now she will let me brush her teeth! I just put her on the bathroom counter and scrub away and she sits there patiently until I am finished and waits for her treat!
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Thanks very much for all your advices, IŽll try with Phoebe, wish me luck!!
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My Abbey is 2 yrs and while brushing her teeth I noticed blood. when I went for a closer look the eye tooth fell out? Is this normal? at her last ckup a few months ago the Vet said her gums healthy?
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My Abbey is 2 yrs and while brushing her teeth I noticed blood. when I went for a closer look the eye tooth fell out? Is this normal? at her last ckup a few months ago the Vet said her gums healthy?
I would take Abbey to the vet. I do not think that is normal for a 2 yr old yorkie's tooth to fall out, and have blood . The tooth may have had an absess or if it were the color yellow or greenish , it is an indication the tooth was infected.
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There are some very good answers here. Furbaby Friend made some really good points to get your dog used to the tooth brush.
I have never had a problem brushing Roxy's teeth except for the type of brush I was trying to use when we first started. It was Way too big. A finger brus. They simply are not made for a Yorkies mouth. I opted for a baby tooth brush. Soft bristle.

Start wit moistening your finger and massaging the pups gums and teeth. Start small and gradually you will be able to more at a time. Let them taste the (doggie) toothpaste off your finger. Only just a little tiny bit and Do Not use people toothpaste under any circumstances.
Once they get used of the toothpaste put some on your finger and rub their teeth with it.

Now for Roxy, with all her grooming needs, I use a specific table for her. Each and every time she has her teeth brushed, her pad hair trimmed, her face washed etc, she is always put on the same table. This way she gets used of the routine. After awhile, the dog will come to understand that this is where they have this and that done, so they know what to expect and soon will take part without fuss. I know Roxy looks forward to all the fussing over her. A true girl who loves to be clean etc.
When I go to brush Roxy's teeth, I have a dish of filtered water and I dab a dot of toothpaste on the table surface. I never reapply toothpaste from the tube, midst of brushing. Just not good hygenine.
I have Roxy facing away from me (so our faces are looking in the same direction).
I get my finger wet and with the other hand, holding the tooth brush with a bit of toothpaste applied. Only a bit. A little goes a long ways!
I will take the wet finger and slide it into the side of her mouth and with the other hand I put the tooth brush in and start brushing from the back forward, top first. Then I rinse the brush in running water, dap a bit more toothpaste, wet my finger and do it again, going from the back and brush the top teeth. I repeat this on both sides and then we do the fronts.
Very IMportant. Do Not Apply Any Pressure at all. The brush should be held very loosely in your hand and just brush very very gently.
Also brush on a 45 degree angle to the teeth you are brushing. Not straight on and be sure to try to stay away from scraping (brushing) the gums when you are meaning to get the teeth.
With each step and while you are brushing, praise praise praise. Start with small increments and break lots until the dog builds up endurance to the idea. Always praise.
If the dog pulls away, this could be a very good indicator that they either don't like the way you are doing things, the pressure is too much, hair is getting in the mouth with the tooth brush or perhaps the dog has sensitive teeth, an bad tooth, or gums or maybe just needs more time. OR Maybe invest in a different tooth brush. Roxy has two tooth brushes. She prefers one over the other.
How can I tell?
Her reaction.

Never fight with your dog to brush it's teeth. Never push yourself on them to brush.
Do Not apply Any Pressure. Brush on a 45 degree angle.

Even though Roxy's tooth paste says that she doesn't have to rinse. I rinse her mouth for her after we are done brushing. Twice on each side from top and bottom and then once for the fronts. I simply use running water to rinse the brush out. Then I use the filtered water to take up water on the brush, finger wet, I slide into the side of her mouth so to open for the tooth brush to go in. I swish it around on her teeth back to front, bottom and tops, each side and then the fronts.
Then I wash her mouth and tidy up her hair.
Teeth done!

Apparently Plaque Off is suppose to help drop the plaque and tartar from teeth. Simply apply to the food.
Just Google Plaque Off.
We use it, sometimes but Roxy's teeth are very clean and white because we have always brushed. Reports from those I know who uses it says that it works and some say that they can't tell.
Even if I did use this product religiously, I would still brush Roxy's teeth everyday.

Lastly, You Tube is an awesome resource for How To Videos, including how to brush your dogs teeth.
Remember, all dogs are different. What works for one dog may not work for another, so find the technique that works fort your dog.
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