We include teeth brushing in our small dog-grooming package. Why? Smaller dogs, have an increased chance of developing dental disease compared to larger dogs, because they have the same amount of teeth a larger dog has, only its crammed into a smaller area, which creates a healthier environment for bacteria to grow and flourish, creating that foul odor we all love *cough*. Tartar/bacteria buildup will create not only bad breath, but also gum line recession, and oral bone loss. Absolutely painful oral abscesses can also occur because of poor oral hygiene.
There are different pet friendly toothpastes, dental chews, water additives and oral gels that can help loosen up the tartar, so it's easier for you.
It is recommended for pet parents to brush their dog’s teeth at home at least 4 days out of the week for it to take effect. Teeth brushing only on grooming day will NOT be effective for your pet. You can save tons of money in the long run from anesthetic dental procedures and keep your pet healthier longer if you maintain his/her oral health at home.
Depending on the condition of your pet’s teeth, daily teeth brushing may not be good for him/her at this time. Always check in with your veterinarian at least twice a year for an exam because they have the background and resources to educate you on what your pet specifically needs to maintain their oral and overall health!