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Pomeranian Teeth and Dental Care

Pomeranian Teeth Cleaning

Dental care is very important for your Pomeranian. Sadly, many owners still believe the false saying that a dog cleans its teeth while chewing on bones, toys & more.

This is not true. A dog needs to have their teeth scrubbed on a routine basis.

It is vital to regularly remove plaque as this can grow under the gum line, causing infection that can travel up into the sinuses or even throughout the entire body.

Learn when to clean your Pom's teeth, how to clean them, what to do is your dog resists, when professional care is needed and the do's & don't of doggie dental care.
Pomeranian with healthy teeth
When Do I Start?

Right away! You can begin when a puppy is 8 weeks old. There are 2 reasons to start this early:

1. While those milk teeth will fall out, brushing will keep the gums healthy. This is needed for healthy teeth as an adult.

2. When this begins at a young age, the puppy learns to tolerate cleanings, which helps tremendously as the Pom grows.


If you make this a normal part of the day's schedule, your Pom will become very used to this and their day would not feel complete without it. Dogs like routine. They feel happy and comfortable when they can depend on how their day going to go and what they can expect each day.

Just as your Pomeranian expects walks, exercise, feedings, baths, play time and grooming...he will get used to having his teeth cleaned.
cute Pomeranian with white teeth
You can take this in steps and work your way up to the point where you dog happily sits while you brush away on their teeth. The process of training your dog to behave nicely while you brush their teeth should take about 4 to 6 weeks.

1. Begin by sitting down and in a calm way running your finger over your dog's teeth. If he or she resists, try again. Do not every give up on trying to provide dental care. Take about 5 minutes per day to get them used to having his teeth touched.

2. After several weeks, they should now be ready for you to take a dog finger tooth brush to the teeth. 
This is small soft piece that fits over your finger and allows you to clean without yet taking the step of using a full brush. 

For the 1st week, do not use toothpaste. For the 2nd week, put a dollop of canine toothpaste on the finger brush. Add a bit more each day to slowly allow them to get used to the taste and feeling of the paste. It is very important to never, ever use your tooth paste...It can be toxic.   

3. After 3 or 4 weeks, you will then switch over to a quality canine toothbrush made for toy breeds in conjunction with quality canine toothpaste. Your dog may resist the brush. Do not give up right away. If your dog allows you to use the brush, even for a minute...praise your dog with happy words and show your Pom how proud you are. Most dogs will put up with the brushing in order to receive lots of praise from their owner.

4. If your dog absolutely refuses brushings, only then should you use dog dental wipes. These will clean to a certain extent, but should be used as a 2nd option. These can also be used alongside brushings; for example you can brush each night and use a dog dental wipe each morning.

5. You must make this part of a daily routine in order to prevent infections and eventual tooth loos. Never believe that certain chews will do the trick. While some treats such as raw hide will clean to a certain is not enough.

6. Not only must an owner brush their Pom's teeth each day, professional cleaning should be provided 1 time per year. Only the veterinarian can perform cleanings that will remove plaque and tarter that daily brushings cannot. It is very rare for a dog to get a cavity; but dogs have other serious teeth problems. For this reason, the vet will perform a yearly dental exam on your dog to check for any issues. In some cases, this will be done every 2 years.

Some dogs fall victim to the lack of care! Bacteria in an abscess tooth can enter the dog's bloodstream; sometimes by the time this is caught, it is too late. 
What to Use

No matter where you obtain the paste, we must again remind that it is very important to only use toothpaste formulated for canines! A finger brush works good if your Pom needs to become used to having his or her teeth brushed. For a toothbrush, you will want to use one that wraps around the tooth and cleans very well, so that the scrubbing is not done in vain. If you are not sure which products to use, we have some our recommended products in the Pomeranian Specialty Shoppe.

Treats That Promote Healthy Teeth

There are many products that you may try that promote good dental health, for both teeth and gums. Even though many advertise that they are brushing/paste replacements, we do not believe this to be true. We do, however, feel that they are a great addition to the home cleanings that you will do. A good chew will help to remove plaque (so that you do not need to try and remove it all yourself and a plus is to choose one that freshens the breath. If you are looking for a good dental chew, we have a list of dental products that we recommend, found in the Pomeranian Specialty Shoppe.

Red Flag Signs of Serious Issues

The most serious problems that dogs can have is getting an abscessed tooth. They can also develop sores, infections on the gums. Teeth can also grow crooked, some will poke right through the dog's cheek if not checked!

Take your Pomeranian to the vet if you notice any of the following:
  • Red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Teeth that appear to be growing crooked
  • Seeming to be in pain when eating
  • Extreme bad breath
  •  A cracked tooth 
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