Dogs are loving, loyal and funny creatures that will comfort and protect their humans no matter what. However, when it comes to certain maintenance routines, some dogs give in to their inner Houdini even when you try to be inconspicuous. Let’s face it: Humans have the brush-your-teeth routine down to a science, but when it comes to caring for dog teeth, the concept of toothbrush meeting toothpaste can be a messy, guilt-laden affair that stresses everybody out. How to keep your dog’s teeth clean without incurring those haunting sad eyes is all a matter of technique.
Skip the Toothbrush and Wipe Dog Teeth Clean
On the off-chance that your dog will allow you to put your fingers in its mouth, you can try dental wipes. All you need to do is wipe the antimicrobial pad along the teeth edges and gumline twice a day. However, even if the pad doesn’t look like a toothbrush, your dog may eye you with suspicion. Thankfully, there are other options.
A Few Spritzes of Natural Dental Spray
Dental spray is an easier, quicker option that not only cleans dogs’ teeth but helps with bad breath. These products are made with natural oils and extracts that control mild to heavy plaque and tartar buildup. It does require multiple sprays per day, as many as 5 or 6 for larger breeds, but it only takes one spray on each side of the mouth to work.
Introduce a Dental Chew Toy
Dental chew toys are the perfect combination of fun and function. These rubber toys have soft bristles to grind away plaque and tartar while stimulating gums for total oral health. They’re also scented with natural oils for fresher breath.
Treat Them to a Bully Stick for Good Dental Health
Bully sticks are the canine equivalent of beef jerky, except they are extremely hard, making them great at scraping off plaque and tartar. Dogs love them because they’re made from natural, grass-fed beef and are easily digestible, reducing the chance of stomach upset. When you’re giving them a stick, keep an eye on them to make sure they’re not biting off and trying to swallow large pieces.
Clean Your Dog’s Teeth Naturally with Raw Bones
Raw bones are a great way to help your dog satisfy its need to chew something that isn’t your phone cord or the leg of your beloved chair, and they’re good for dog teeth care. Because cooked bones tend to splinter and cause intestinal damage, raw bones are a safe alternative that they can enjoy for a long time. Of course, this is one of those cases where size matters. For a larger dog, smaller bones are potential choking hazards, while a smaller dog may not be able to tackle something larger than their head. Choose their bones wisely.
Ultimately, the best way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy is by incorporating natural foods that will help them build stronger teeth. Additionally, the natural fibers won’t stick to their teeth like dog foods made with by-products and meals, leading to less plaque buildup and stinky breath.
Keeping a dog’s teeth clean and healthy takes a bit of work, and establishing good habits should start when they’re young. If you’re ready to open up your heart and home to a new family member, fill out the Pride & Prejudoodles contact form to learn about our adorable labradoodle and goldendoodle puppies for sale.