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We all love a dog with clean teeth and sweet breath, and it only takes a few minutes a day to brush a dog's teeth.
Keeping your dog's teeth clean can prevent not only dental and gum problems such as tartar and plaque build-up, but it can also prevent systemic problems, such as diseases of the heart, liver, and kidneys.
This page introduces various ways of canine teeth cleaning, and some great natural products that can keep your dog's teeth clean and his breath fresh.
Many people think that it is too much trouble to brush their dog's teeth. Actually it does not take long - 1 to 2 minutes a day is all it takes. If you start getting your dog accustomed to tooth brushing when he is young, he probably will not put up too much resistance.
On the next few days, put some on your finger and gradually on your dog's lips for him to lick it off. Finally, put some on the toothbrush and let him lick the toothpaste off the brush.
Many dog parents wonder if they can use human toothpaste to brush their dog's teeth. The answer is No!
Why do we have to use dog toothpaste for our dogs? The reasons are:
When choosing a dog toothpaste, look for ingredients such as glucose oxidase and lactoperoxidase. These are enzymes that dissolve substances and material that adhere to the surface of the teeth.
Some veterinarians, however, suggest not using dog toothpaste altogether because many brands of dog toothpaste are usually sweetened with sugar, so it can actually increase plaque with continued use.
Also, the glycerin contained the toothpaste will stick to the teeth for a long time and cause food particles and bacteria to create plaque.
An alternative is to brush our dog's teeth with a combination of food grade hydrogen peroxide, aloe vera juice (1:1) with a little bit of baking soda.
If your dog is one of those who put up resistance whenever you try to brush his teeth, don't despair! There are other natural canine teeth cleaning products that can keep his teeth clean without brushing.
Lebra III Dental Spray can remove plaque by stimulating enzymes found in saliva, thus changing the chemistry in the mouth which in turn softens the tartar. After using this product for a few weeks, the tartar will fall off and the plaque will wear away.
Petzlife Oral Care Gel is a gel that can be applied to your dog's teeth. It also works by mixing with the saliva, thus completely coating the teeth and the mouth. It kills bacteria and loosens plaque and tartar on tooth surfaces.
Ark Naturals Breath-Less Brushless Toothpaste is a chew treat with all natural ingredients formulated to clean dog's teeth.