How To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth? (+ Get Rid Of Their Bad Breath)
Just like for us, keeping your dog’s teeth clean is very important. It should be part of their regular grooming routine to avoid dental disease and unwanted costly treatments at the vet. As the second most common disease in dogs, it is clear there is more that can be done by dog owners to prevent getting to this stage. Dental disease in dogs is preventable and it’s up to us to take the right steps to help our dogs keep optimum health.
There are some signs you should keep an eye out for that could indicate your dog has dental problems. These include red or swollen gums, bad breath, discolouration of teeth, or a change in your dog's eating habits. Tartar and plaque are the most common signs of poor dental health. You should always seek the advice of your vet if you are concerned.
There are many ways to maintain your dog’s dental health. Every dog is unique so it is important to work out what is best and most suitable for your dog. One way to manage your dog’s dental health is by diet. Some dogs have better dental health with wet food, some with dry food and others on a raw diet. Raw bones are another way to clean your dog’s teeth, never feed your dog cooked bones as these can break and get stuck in the digestive system, but raw bones help to remove tartar and plaque.
A common way to clean your dog’s teeth is by brushing them. It is advised to start cleaning your dog’s teeth with dog toothpaste and toothbrush when they are a puppy so they get used to it. First get your dog familiar with the toothbrush and the toothpaste and build up gradually to brushing their teeth. You want it to be a fun activity and not something they are scared of.
Dental chews are another popular way of keeping your dog’s teeth clean. This can be a good solution for dog’s who never learn to love the toothbrush. However, make sure you watch out for the ingredients. It’s always best to stick to natural, grain free chews to maintain the overall health and wellbeing of your dog.
Natural supplements are becoming more popular to combat bad dental health. There are many vitamins and natural ingredients that can support your dog’s gums and teeth. Many people have reservations about ‘natural’ solutions, however research has shown natural healthcare has helped many dogs (and humans). Antioxidants and probiotics inhibit harmful bacteria from producing gases that lead to bad breath and poor dental health.
Below are a few natural ingredients that will help keep your dog’s teeth clean, help with their bad breath and overall dental health:
- Omegas-3, 6, and 9 - fatty acids aiding overall health
- Charcoal - binds and absorbs stains on your dog's teeth and removes toxins also acting as a breath freshener
- PB6 probiotics - aids gut by inhibiting harmful bacteria
- Calendula Oil - reduces inflammation of gums
- Vitamin C - reduces inflammation of gums
- Zinc - inhibits plaque buildup
- Kelp - breaks down tartar and plaque
- Peppermint - neutralise odours which cause bad breath
- Rosemary - prevents gastrointestinal infection
- Sage - removes stains
- Parsley - source of Vitamin C, A, and K
Our Fresh Breath Dental Health Chews contain all the listed ingredients, try today and see the amazing results.