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Help him keep his grin healthy.

Taking care of your dog’s teeth.

Believe it or not, dogs need dental care as much as people do. By the age of three, 80% of dogs show signs of gum disease, caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar.

The good news is that regular brushing and specially designed chews can help to keep his grin in tip-top condition – and our experience is that your dog will grow to really enjoy having his daily brushing.

Toothbrushing – in five easy stages.

You’ll need special dog toothpaste, clean hands and short nails, a soft-bristled pet ‘fingerbrush’, water and a little patience. Each of the following stages takes about five minutes and needs to be repeated for at least five separate days before moving on to the next stage. Wait until your dog is comfortable with each stage before moving on.

1. Tasting the paste: Choosing a time when your dog is relaxed, simply smear a little toothpaste on your finger and allow your dog to lick it off, praising him all the time. 2. Getting used to your finger: Smear your index finger with toothpaste, but this time, glide it over his teeth and gums, going only as far into the mouth as he is comfortable. Repeat 6-8 times, praising him all the time. With your other hand, form a bridge over his muzzle and gently lift his lips. Repeat and praise 3. Brushing the canines: When your dog is comfortable with the above, move on to using a soft-bristled finger brush. First let him lick some toothpaste from it, then glide it up and down over the teeth and gums on the sides of his mouth and gums while lifting his lips with your other hand. 4. Adding the back teeth: As above, but gently moving towards the back of the mouth, top teeth first, then the lower jaw, using a circular motion. 5. Adding the front teeth: Bridge his muzzle with your spare hand, then lift his lip with finger and thumb and brush with an up and down motion.

Remember, keep it fun and he’ll soon be looking forward to his daily tooth grooming sessions.

Pedigree™ Dentastix with its unique 'X' shape and special texture will help reduce plaque build-up by up to 80% when fed daily.

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