Any owner of a Yorkshire terrier knows how these dogs energetic are but unfortunately they are prone to a lot of dental conditions. This happens because of the original anatomy of their teeth. The problem is their jaw is a bit narrow in some places and their teeth become overcrowded and compressed at the same time. It is one of the reasons why the most of dogs of this breed suffer from gum disease and tooth decay.

Owners of Yorkshire terriers need to understand how important it is to keep the teeth of the Yorkie clean. Brushing should be performed on a regular basis which will minimize the risk of gum disease. Brushing will also keep the breath of your dog fresh and would not let plaque accumulate. Most of dog owners do not even know that they should brush the teeth of the dog and if they do not perform regular brushing dental problems will appear regularly in Yorkies. It is easy to say but it is almost impossible to brush your dog’s teeth.

Bonbon posing in the car
Bonbon posing in the car

Yorkshire terriers are really hyper-active and will not stay calm when you will try to brush the teeth. The first step is to find a suitable toothpaste and toothbrush for your dog. There are also special toothbrushes for dogs of small breeds. You may find them by visiting pet supply stores and you will be able to choose a toothbrush that has an adjustable handle.

You should never use your toothbrush as human toothbrushes appear to be really hard and may cause a lot of irritation.

Another thing you need to do is to choose the right flowered toothpaste. Human toothpastes appear to be really toxic and toothpastes with a flavor of poultry and beef are available. You should stay calm when you introduce the toothbrush to your dog. All your activities should be performed in a slow and gentle manner. You should always watch the reaction of your dog and if it gets too nervous you should put off this activity for the next day.

Photo By tanakawho (originally posted to Flickr as Samurai Yorkie) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons