Here’s how you can break a surprising world record

Brush your dog's teeth at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens and help set a Guinness World Record.

Brush your dog’s teeth at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens and help set a Guinness World Record.

All it takes to break a world record is your four-legged companion and his toothbrush.

Scenthound, an affordable dog-grooming business, is rounding up man’s best friends and their masters to attempt to set a world record for “most people brushing dogs’ teeth simultaneously.” The current record of 268 dogs was set in Hong Kong in 2012.

Local pet parents will try to beat that 1 p.m. April 3 at Downtown at the Gardens. Supplies and instructions will be provided.

Tim Vogel, who started Scenthound, noticed many dogs weren’t getting the basic care they needed to stay healthy. The five core areas of care – skin, coat, ears, nails and teeth – spell “scent.”

“Dental care is one of the most important and overlooked areas of routine maintenance,” Vogel said in a news release. “Regular dental care is critical to a dog’s dental health and also in the prevention of more serious health problems.”

Most dogs older than three have some periodontal disease, which can cause bad breath, tooth loss and damage to the lungs, kidneys and heart, he said.

Each dog at the tooth-brushing event must have his or her own handler and be at least six months old to participate. Scenthound is asking interested dog owners to register in advance at http://www.scenthound.com/world-record.

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