These Are the Best Dog Toothpastes to Get Rid of Doggie Breath Right Now
From the time we were children, we were taught to brush our teeth every day. Us humans may know the importance of oral health for ourselves, but we don't always think about it for our dogs.
The American Veterinary Medical Association says dental health is a super important part of your pet's overall health. It's not just for their teeth and gums. In fact, many dental problems can cause other serious health problems. Bacteria from plaque buildup is able to travel through the bloodstream and cause serious organ diseases that affect the heart, liver, kidneys, and brain. From the time they are young, brushing your dog's teeth goes a long way in preventing issues later on.
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Pet owners should aim to brush their pup's teeth daily or every other day, starting in puppyhood.
"If you practice teeth brushing from the moment you bring your dog home, you will get them started on the right paw, " says Haylee Bergeland, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, RBT, editor of pet health and behavior at Daily Paws. "Begin by just letting your dog sniff, mouth, and chew on the tooth brush, adding a little bit of dog-friendly toothpaste, and gradually working up to moving the brush across the teeth, " she says.
In addition to teeth brushing, a yearly professional teeth cleaning with your pup's vet is best to clean the plaque under the gum line (just like your visits to the dentist!). You can also give your dog a dental chew a few times a week to help break down plaque and a pup-safe mint or breath freshener to keep the dog breath at bay.
We've compiled a variety of dog toothpastes to help you keep your pup's pearly whites in tip-top shape, including organic and enzymatic toothpastes as well as options for puppies and bad breath.