This article on how to brush puppy teeth will help you keep those sharp little gnashers in tip-top condition!
If your puppy is used to the feel of your fingers or a toothbrush inside his mouth at this young age, you won't have any problems brushing his teeth when he's older.
Brushing puppy teeth regularly will help keep his teeth clean, healthy and plaque-free, so if you want to avoid your puppy having dental disease and expensive treatment costs, read on!
Your puppy now has his little razor-sharp teeth, and although they may be pristine now, they won't be for long.
While little puppy teeth may not need cleaning, adult canine teeth need a dental care routine to keep them sparkling and healthy.
The trick is to get your puppy used to the feel of your fingers (and later, a toothbrush) in his mouth now; while he's still young, it will be plain sailing.
If you don't, you'll likely have problems brushing his teeth when he's an adult Cocker.
However, it's not the end of the world if you didn't manage to do this or you've adopted an adult dog whose teeth have never seen a toothbrush. You can still acclimatize your Cocker to having his teeth brushed, although it may take a little longer.
When brushing your puppy's teeth for the first time, it's better to begin using your fingers; don't use a toothbrush just yet.
Here's how to brush your puppy's teeth:
When you believe he's ready, introduce your Cocker to his new puppy toothbrush (which should be the softest you can buy). Don't use a human toothbrush; you could use a baby toothbrush at a push.
If you prefer not to put your bare fingers into your puppy's mouth, you can buy a finger brush, a ribbed, rubber sleeve that fits onto your finger. A finger brush can be just as effective as a toothbrush and will help your puppy get used to feeling your fingers in his mouth; it will also help to minimize the pain his biting your fingers causes!
Keep your puppy's new experience with his toothbrush as positive as possible. When you've finished, and he's responded well, you can heap on the praise and give him a small treat.
Your aim here is to teach your puppy to associate positive experiences when your fingers or toothbrush are near or inside his mouth.
Over the next few sessions, gradually increase the number of puppy teeth brushed until your brushing routine follows the steps outlined in brushing your dog's teeth for best results.
Now that you've learned how to brush puppy teeth, you'll soon get into the swing of things and be able to incorporate it into your puppy's grooming routine. If you don't have the time to brush his teeth daily, two to three times weekly will be fine.
If your puppy is biting, his little sharp teeth will hurt, and you may want to skip brushing puppy teeth for now. You must teach your puppy that biting and chewing fingers is not allowed, it's called bite inhibition, and I highly recommend it!
It's always a good idea to take notice of your dog's mouth and teeth as you're cleaning them; your puppy's oral hygiene is important.
Check for signs of dental or gum disease to stay on top of your puppy's oral health. Look for the following signs that your puppy may have oral hygiene or dental problems:
If your puppy is showing any of these symptoms, I recommend you contact your vet.
Taking care of your puppy's oral hygiene not only ensures his teeth are cared for, his breath will be smelling fresh and puppy-like; there's nothing nicer than puppy breath!