1) GET COMFORTABLE
Getting your pet used to brushing may take several sessions, so be patient and keep things positive. Start slow and reward your pet during the process. Practice lifting their lips and looking at their teeth. Get them used to having your fingers in their mouths, along their gum line.
2) TRY PET TOOTHPASTE
When your pet is comfortable with step 1, lift his/her lips and rub pet toothpaste gently over the teeth and gums. You can try using just your finger or wrapping gauze over your index finger.
3) TRY WITH A TOOTHBRUSH
Try using a finger toothbrush first and then the toothbrush provided by your vet. Your pet may accept the toothbrush easier with a small amount of toothpaste. Work slowly and allow them to sniff the toothbrush and enjoy the toothpaste.
Brush teeth and gums gently, focusing on the outside of the teeth (the surface facing the cheeks). The outer surface is most prone to tartar buildup. Don’t forget to work slowly and to offer lots of praise and love! Keep it positive and your pet will love brushing!