How To Scale a Dog's Teeth

Regular teeth scaling can help prevent buildup of plague causing elements. Humans and canines both benefit from regular teeth scaling and while humans see dentists for oral care, you are responsible for your canine friend’s teeth. Maintaining a good oral hygiene for your pet will ensure that the gums and teeth are clean and will not deteriorate early.

Most veterinarians offer teeth scaling during regular check-ups. However, you can administer teeth scaling to your pet as often as you can. Teeth scaling requires deep cleaning of both the teeth and the gums, as such, you will need to train your dog well.

  • Just like humans, dogs are not comfortable with a hand placed on their mouths. You should train your dog as early as possible. Playing with your puppy can help you administer teeth scaling. Playfully place your hand on your puppy’s mouth and allow him to get used to your fingers touching his tongue and teeth.
  • Some dogs can be trained easier. You can pat your dog’s head if you successfully reached run your fingers on his mouth without him attempting to bite you. Dogs can somehow understand human language, so speaking to your dog does not sound crazy.
  • Once your dog becomes at ease with your hand in his mouth activity, you can start with the scaling process. You will need to use a scaler for this activity. Scalers are available in most pet shops, or alternatively, you can purchase a tooth scaler designed for humans.
  • Slowly orient your dog with the experience. Scraping one or two teeth at a time can help your dog become acquainted to the routine. Depending on your pet’s idea of reward system, you can give a pat on the head, a scratch on the tummy or even some dog treats if you are able to scale a tooth or two.
  • Take note of the gum line of your dog. Scale damages the gum line most so you need to put this area on your priority list. Regular brushing can clean the teeth area, but the gum line requires more attention.
  • A scraper can be used to remove the plaque buildup. Make sure that you scrape a few portions at a time as the process might irritate your dog. Plaque will fall out in the form of chips. Gently remove the chip offs. If you notice that there are still more plaque buildups, allow both your dog and you to have a little rest before you continue. You can even delay the next cleaning session to another day.
  • Make the process as easy as possible for both of you. By allowing your dog to be comfortable with the scaling process, you will find it easier the next time. Reward your dog with a new toy or some food treats each time you successfully clean his teeth. This rewarding system will make him look forward to your next session.

Before you attempt to put your fingers on your dog’s mouth, check with the veterinarian if your dog has complete vaccine and anti-rabies. Also, make sure that your dog is well acquainted with you. Do not attempt to do the scaling activity if your dog is not attached to you as you are risking yourself to dog bites and scratches. If the experience is not pleasurable to both of you, consider taking your dog to a vet and ask the doctor to teach you how to properly do it.


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