How to Brush your mini Dachshund’s Teeth
As a responsible owner of a dachshund (or any pet dog), one of the steps in grooming is brushing his/her teeth.
Mini Dachshunds can get cavities (like any dog) and periodontal disease just like humans. They also build up plaque and tartar on their teeth just like humans.
These are the main reasons why your mini Dachshund should have his teeth brushed everyday. Not only will you help to alleviate plaque and tartar build up, but you will help to keep your Dachshund’s breath fresh. After all, Dachshunds love to give kisses!
Related article: Toothpaste for Dogs – Brush Teeth Regularly!
Dog Dental Kit:
Dog Dental Care Kit, Toothpaste with 2 Toothbrushes
Get your Dachshund used to brushing teeth
To make this process easy for both you and your Dachshund, start when your Dachshund is a puppy.
Tip: Before you actually start using a toothbrush and toothpaste, start by getting your puppy used to having his teeth touched by you. Several times a day ‘practice’ by placing your finger in his mouth and briefly rubbing his teeth and gums gently. Be sure to wash your hands when you are done!
When you are satisfied that your dog is comfortable with having his teeth touched it’s time for the next step.
Brushing your Dachshund’s teeth
Almost all toothpaste made for dogs is flavored, so that helps!
Some pet toothpaste kits come with a ‘rubber finger’ brush. This is for dogs that do not like the ‘feel’ of a toothbrush. Simply slip the finger brush over your finger, apply some toothpaste and brush away!
Now, bear in mind, that dogs are not going to ‘spit out’ their toothpaste when you are done (like you would yourself). Instead they will swallow the toothpaste. For this reason, never use human toothpaste on your dog! Canine toothpastes are designed to taste appealing as well as be edible (okay to swallow).
How Often To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?
I suggest every day, twice a day! Just like we do!
Here’s a video brushing Sampson’s teeth:
This is the toothpaste that we use now:
Petrodex Enzymatic Toothpaste Dog Poultry Flavor
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My mini dapple has cavities flat tops of his lower canines which has been flattened most likely by chewing on roots covered in sand.. it’s been getting worse of a short period of time, besides getting him to stop chewing on roots, how can I help him? I always brush his teeth
It sounds like it’s time for the vet to have a look. Nothing you can do, but maybe they can do something. If you Google ‘dog cavities’ and similar searches, you will find some information out there about it. Apparently it is not as common as humans getting cavities. The worst thought is the dog being in pain with tooth decay. If you’ve ever had a bad cavity, imagine what the poor dog must feel…
They may not be dental caries (active decay), but rather attrition wear that looks a lot like caries. It’s usually on the biting surface of the teeth and gets flattened and darken due to the color of the dentin being exposed.