Waitin’ for a Teeth Brushin’

I’m not sure how many other people brush their dog’s teeth, but I try to do it daily. Of course I go through times when I’m pretty lazy about it and other times when I’m very diligent. I usually become most serious about it after receiving a bill for a teeth-cleaning. Anything I can do to possibly reduce the frequency of those bank-breaking teeth cleanings is a good thing. Sid said that just removing all his teeth is not an option. He’s so vain!


As Sid can be quite a curmudgeon, I thought he’d hate getting his teeth brushed. However, he gets super excited for the nightly ritual and reminds me to do it when I go to brush my own teeth. While I give my pearly whites a once-over, he hovers at the base of the bathroom sink and either stares unblinkingly at me or slumps his head down and bats his eyes like a 1930’s Hollywood starlet. Ok, dude, signal received.


Sid’s excitement isn’t due to the promise of fresh breath or control of his tartar, but rather because the dog toothpaste falls into the “treat” category and he literally gulps it off the brush. He has a weakness for Vanilla-Mint.


Unfortunately this gulping action conflicts with my ability to get in there and brush so the whole process ends up being comically awkward. The hardest part is finding where a pug’s teeth are actually located. I try to make a mental note whenever he does a big yawn but it’s still a bit of guesswork. It certainly is crowded in there! Anyone else brush their pup’s teeth?

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6 Responses to “Waitin’ for a Teeth Brushin’”

  1. avatar Payton's mom Says:

    We try when it comes to mind but those pug mouths and tongues do not make it an easy task!
    PS. Sid, your cute factor is high in these bathroom pics!

  2. avatar noodles Says:

    I used to get my teeth brushed nightly. I clench my mouth tightly so as to make it really really difficult to actually brush teeth. Usually I get a good gum brushing. Over time my Mommys’ frustration levels got very high and they tapered off some. Now I get occasional brushing and frequent non-brush-squeeze-it-in-my-mouth tooth care. I overheard Mommy #1 complaining about it, though… something about chicken flavor tooth paste which might be in my future.
    Love Noodles

  3. avatar stella rose Says:

    OUR parents suck at brushing our teef, we are thinking of calling pug services on them.
    stella rose

  4. avatar Retro rover Says:

    I brush my dogs teeth daily but it’s a quick process because they wiggle
    Retro rover

  5. avatar tweedles Says:

    Sometimes I get my toofies brushed and sometimes not. That tooth brush has a way of slipping out of the mouth. We used a toothpaste from the vets office- and it taste good- but not too many toofies get brushed.
    Oh Sid,, I know you want your pearly whites to sparkle!

  6. avatar Meredith LeBlanc ૐ (@MeredithLeBlanc) Says:

    We have a tooth cleaning spray the Urban Hounds recommended…Scarlet DOES NOT like the toothbrush. And you’re right, it’s hard to find her toofies.

    But Handsome Sid, we are so proud of your willingness to get brushed!

    Meredith & Scarlet

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