Puppy breath is cute. Dog breath’s disgusting. So we’ve sniffed out some value-driven teeth cleaning products to get your pet into the fresh breath groove. Use these tools to keep your pooch, and his pearly whites, healthy and sparkling.
To clean your pet’s teeth you will need a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for dogs. Muttropolis’s pet toothbrush comes in playful colors and is easy to grip, for about $6. You can also purchase all-in-one teeth cleaning kits that include a toothbrush and toothpaste and in some cases a "finger toothbrush" (think: functional finger puppet) from many pet-oriented Web sites for around $6, including Doctors Foster and Smith.
Before you sit Fido down in the doggie dentist chair, however, get him used to having your fingers poke around his choppers. It helps to ease the intrusion with a little something savory. Start with a gauze or washcloth dipped in beef or chicken broth and massage the gums. When you are ready to move up to the toothbrush use pet toothpaste in chicken or beef flavor, such as that made by CET. This brand is widely available at chain stores or your local vet’s office. Place toothpaste on brush and let your pet lick the brush so he won’t be surprised by the texture or taste of the toothpaste. Brush teeth in circular motion starting in the back. Finish with a breath freshener like DDS Dental Wipes from Pet Smart. Now that pup’s mouth is fresh, it’s time to maintain that healthy mouth. Chew toys like Zanie’s Choofah Loofah rings and bones from Pet Edge can help; at about $1 apiece they assist in getting rid of plaque build-up that can lead to gingivitis.
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