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Hints From Heloise

Mon., March 11, 1996

Dear Heloise: I have a young puppy and never thought much about dental care for him.

Is it true that a dog’s teeth should be brushed? His teeth look great, nice and white, so should I bother brushing them or wait until he’s older? - Theresa Meacham, Canton, Ohio

Our friends at the American Veterinary Medical Association advise brushing your dog’s teeth now while he is a puppy to help control plaque and tartar buildup.

Also, starting when a dog is older can be more difficult since he may not sit still and accept brushing. Most veterinarians can supply you with a toothbrush and special dog toothpaste (Don’t use yours - Heloise) and show you the correct way to brush your dog’s teeth to keep dental problems at a minimum. Give him a treat after you’re finished. He’ll look forward to the next time. - Heloise

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