We love our dogs, but that doesn’t mean we love dog breath. While it’s true that some breeds are naturally more prone to having bad breath, you can take steps to reduce most dog’s foul breath.
Here’s the DogBoy’s guide for healthier and fresher doggie breath!
#1 Give Your Dog Crunchy Treats Or Hard Toys To Chew
The most common cause of bad breath in dogs is periodontal disease. These diseases are caused by plaque and tartar build-up around the gums and on the teeth. Improving bad breath means tackling that plaque and tartar.
- Greenies in moderation
- Hard chew toys
- Natural bones
Natural bones from pet stores are especially effective at removing tartar due to their durability. Fill the bone with cheese or peanut butter then watch your dog go to work. The bone will barely be affected, but the chewing motion continually cleans the teeth.
#2 Go To The Vet For Regular Teeth Cleanings
Vets recommend taking your dog in for dental cleaning about twice a year. During the visit, a complete oral exam is given. Afterwards, the vet scrapes tartar and plaque from the teeth. Then they will cleanse bacteria from the gum lining.
Not only will this improve your dog’s breath, but it will also prolong their life. Excessive tartar build-up in the mouth has been linked to increased risk for heart disease and stroke in both dogs and humans.
While toys and treats do chip tartar, they won’t fully remove it from the mouth. During a regular cleaning, a vet can identify unseen tartar build-up and effectively remove it before any severe complications arise. Dental cleanings are also important for identification of broken teeth, severe decay or any abscesses that may develop over time.
#3 Add Breath Freshening Droplets To Your Dog’s Water
Water additives reduce the bacteria in your dog’s water and in their mouth. These droplets function like breath mints for dogs. But, unlike most human breath mints (which can contain toxic Xylitol), they attack the root causes of bad breath.
Using these droplets is simple because they require so little upkeep. You can easily combine them with other dental health routines to help manage particularly bad cases of dog halitosis.
#4 Manually Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Vets recommend that owners brush their dog’s teeth on a regular basis. It works wonders for their breath and directly attacks plaque. Without significant plaque growth, tartar can’t form and your dog’s breath will directly improve.
Unfortunately, this requires effort, time, and patience. Dogs that are unfamiliar with having their teeth brushed can be hesitant and resistant to the process. It’s critical to train dogs to be accustomed to teeth brushing when they’re puppies.
However, older dogs can also get used to brushing too, especially with positive reinforcement and patience. Your dog might never look forward to it, but brushing is a key step in keeping their mouth clean and their breath fresh.
#5 Clean Your Dog’s Tongue With OrapupⓇ
Bacteria growth and build-up on the tongue leads to stinky breath in both humans and dogs. Unfortunately, dogs can make it difficult to remove that bacteria by toothbrush.
The Orapup is a small paddle-like tool with soft, rubbery bristles on the top. You squirt “Lickies” on the bristles to encourage your dog to lick them. “Lickies” is basically a toothpaste made with natural meat, kind of like a gravy, that entices your dog to lick.
Our Chiweenie, Noodle, had atrocious breath. But, we tried using Orapup around a year ago and it did wonders for his breath (and our noses). We wholeheartedly recommend this product.
In a country where dogs have been given up for their mouth odor, we think bad breath is a pretty big deal. If you have any questions about brushing, dental products, or how we keep our canine’s teeth clean, please contact us today.
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