- Brush Teeth. You should brush your dog’s teeth daily with the appropriate tools made especially for dogs. Certain companies make toothpaste that taste like chicken and other tasty food your dog will love.
- Dental Appointments. Brushing your dog’s teeth is a must, but it is definitely not a substitute for routine cleaning and checkups at our office. We also can take care of more severe oral issues like periodontal therapy, surgical extractions, root canals, crowns, oral mass removals, and much more.
- Fresh Water. Keeping hydrated is a part of good oral hygiene. A dry mouth can promote tooth decay and bad breath. In addition, there are companies that offer water additives that will help with oral hygiene.
- Eating Habits. Have you ever heard of the saying “You are what you eat?” Well if your dog eats feces, I am sure you can imagine what their breath will smell like! If your dog lives in a fenced-in back yard, make sure you pick up their feces regularly. Sometimes they will sneak a bite or two. Keep your trash away from your dog as well. Dogs are notorious for diving in a trash can head-first for a tasty snack. Dog food manufacturers have even created food that helps promote good oral hygiene.
- Chew Toys. Chew toys are a great way for your dog to scrub away unwanted plaque. There are many chew toys that are designed to remove plaque and even leave your dog’s breath smelling minty fresh. Try to avoid real bones, antlers, hooves and other hard dried chew toys. These can break your dog’s teeth.
Just like humans dogs can have smelly breath too. It is natural for your dog to have bad breath once in a while, but to have stinky breath all the time is most commonly associated with periodontal disease. If your dog does have persistent smelly breath contact us for an appointment. In the meantime here are tips that can help you improve your dog’s bad breath.
Dogs should not have bad breathe any more than people should. “Dog Breath” is not normal and bad breath is a sign of disease. Statistically 1 in 6 dogs under 1 year of age have periodontal disease, 50% of dogs 1-3 years of age have periodontal disease, and 80% of dogs 3+ years of age have periodontal disease. Daily oral home dental care and preventative dental cleanings at least once annually (more frequently for some pets) is essential for PREVENTATIVE dental care. Contact us to make an appointment.