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5 Ways to Clean Your Dog’s Mouth Without Brushing

If you thought going to the dentist was a painful experience, wait until the day you try brushing your dog’s teeth! Of course, it’s for your dog’s own good. But, by golly, does that dog put up a fight! Fortunately, there are ways to clean your dog’s mouth without having to use a toothbrush…

Here are five ways you can clean your dog’s mouth without brushing.

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1. All-natural dental spray

These dental sprays are designed to attack the bacteria in your dog’s mouth without brushing. Dental sprays like Ora-Fresh Dental Care Spray contain all-natural ingredients that act as antimicrobial and antibacterial agents. Just be sure to choose a dental spray that does not contain alcohol or sodium benzoate as these ingredients can be very harmful to your dog.

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2. Water additives

Water additives work much in the same way as dental sprays, and they also work well together. Dental water additives contain some of the same ingredients that are used in dental sprays, but the water additives are more concentrated. All you have to do is add the product to your dog’s water bowl and let him lap up the plaque-fighting ingredients.

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3. Dental chews

Dental chews offer a great way to freshen your dog’s breath while scraping the plaque from some of her teeth. Chews are an effective way to help clean your dog’s teeth, but they shouldn’t be the only method you use. When your dog chews on one of these, or anything else, she isn’t using every tooth for the action. So, you aren’t cleaning every tooth.

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4. Dental gels

Dog dental gels are very similar to dental sprays, but they contain ingredients to thicken the formula so it will stay on your dog’s teeth for some time. Look for an all-natural dental gel that is alcohol and sodium benzoate free. They are a bit more difficult to apply than the dental spray, but they can be more effective – if your dog lets you get the gel on every tooth.

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5. High-quality dog food

When your dog is in good overall health, his body is better equipped to fight off bacteria and you’ll have an easier time keeping his mouth healthy. No dog food will replace good oral hygiene entirely, but it can help you get more out of your efforts. Look for dry dog food with all-natural ingredients. Avoid fillers like corn, wheat, and flour. Also, steer clear of foods with artificial ingredients like food coloring.

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No one will ever tell you that it’s a bad idea to brush your dog’s teeth. In fact, brushing is still recommended. We suggest Virbac CET Toothpaste since it comes in different flavors that your dog might actually enjoy. Well, there may be one exception. Your dog will probably try to convince you that tooth brushing is a terrible idea. 

However, if brushing seems difficult or impossible, there are some good alternatives. Choose an all-natural dental spray or gel and add dental chews, water additives, and high-quality dog food to your dog’s routine. With good oral health, you may avoid costly cleanings and extractions, and your dog can live a happier, healthier life.

About the Author:

Christina Dillon is a freelance copywriter and dog health enthusiast. To read more about what she has to say about natural dog care products, visit Cheerful Canine.

2 replies
    JOHN DAY JR says:

    My 9 year old Italian Greyhound had the beginning of periodontal disease. My Vet told me to get, Maxi/Guard Oral Cleansing Gel. You put a pee size drop on your finger, and rub on top and bottom & each side of guns. Every night for a few weeks, ( at bed time) We went back to vet and said her mouth looks so much better. It also works great for bad breath. Use a couple weeks every night till you notice better breath. Than one or two nights a week for maintenance. Also give a Dental Stick every night before gel. (Gel is in 4 oz and is around $11.50 will last for months) We have been giving Dental Sticks for well over 15 years. My Greyhound teeth are pearly white just a few light stains and she was 10 this past Oct.


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