Keep the following tips in mind to make the practice easier for you and your dog.

Use a dog toothbrush or a recommended substitute.

Never use human toothpaste. In its place, use pet-safe toothpaste

Give your dog a small sample of the toothpaste

Lift the lip to expose the outside surfaces of your dog’s gums and teeth.

Brush with gentle motions to clean the teeth and gums.

Clean the outside (cheek-facing) surfaces, as most pets will not allow you to brush the inside

Be sure to reach the back upper molars and canines, as these teeth tend to rapidly build up tartar.

Reward your dog with play, petting or a favorite activity to positively reinforce the brushing process.