What causes my dog's bad breath?

dog brushing teeth

I'm here to talk about your pup's morning breath...

*let's not kid ourselves, we both know it's more than a morning thing.

So why does your furry partner's breath stinks so much? And what are the ways to make it better?

What causes your dog's bad breath?

Bad breath comes from Halitosis.


To be honest, the name has very little importance. 

But you should know that Halitosis is basically bad breath. It is caused by decomposing food particles in your dog's mouth. It is also caused by plaque and tartar. 

You remember those two right? Yes! They are affecting us too, humans.

But why are Plaque and tartar build-ups so bad?

First, there's the breath. But except from you experiencing occasional nausea, this isn't bad for your pup.

The real problem with plaque and tartar is what happens where the eye can't see.

It's all happening under the gum line...

As plaque and tartar age, the bacterias in it start to eat the roots of your dog's teeth (it's the same for you btw). The bacterias are attacking the teeth under the gum line. This process is invisible to the eye, but it's very serious...

The teeth loose support. If this goes on for a while, they can start to shake or fall. It's called periodontal disease.

Said in the simplest way, you should eliminate plaque and tartar or your dog might loose his teeth.

The game plan to conquer your pup's plaque

Alright so plaque and tartar are two vicious ones. 

They start affecting your dog's teeth as soon as your pet starts to salivate.

Annoying huh?

Indeed. Because there's no way to avoid plaque or tartar, regular cleaning is needed.

1. Polishing those white pearls.

Alright, the most effective way to eliminate tartar build-up is by brushing your dog's teeth. I know, I'm probably not teaching you anything new here...

But you might ask, is this absolutely necessary?

huh... yes. 

Except if you want to feed your dog soup for the rest of their lives.

How to brush your dog's teeth? They say an image is worth a thousand words, so here's thousand images. This video explains clearly how to brush your dog's teeth if you're uncertain on how to do it.

2. Go on regular dates with your pup's mouth.

A good habit to take is to look into your dog's mouth. Doing it often will make it normal for your dog.

Desensitize your dog's mouth is only for the best.

Also, on your next visit to the vet, ask your vet to look with her into your dog's mouth. 

This way, you get a sense of what normal is. Then if something changes, you'll notice right away.

3. Magic treats

Of course, I'm talking about dental treats. These treats are specifically design to scrub against plaque.

A pretty incredible study by Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) showed that increasing size of kibble can lead to a 42% plaque reduction.

The VOHC requires that any treat claiming to be a dental treat must pass rigorous tests to show that it actually reduced plaque (by at least 20%).

You can access the list of approved treats.

Lastly, you can always ask your vet for a professional cleaning to reset your dog's mouth (the same way you go to the dentist from times to times.)

Alright that's enough for tonight,

See ya!


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