Beyond the Brush Series: Our Go-To Guide on Non-Brushing Ways to Help Clean your Dog’s Teeth

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Many dogs are not thrilled about having their teeth brushed, and as pet parents, we understand that maintaining our canine companions' dental health is a crucial aspect of their overall health. While brushing your dog's teeth remains a fundamental practice, our commitment to their well-being encourages us to explore additional steps that go beyond the toothbrush.

From recognizing subtle signs of dental concerns to the helpful use of dental supplements, save this as your go-to resource for supporting your best friend’s oral health.

How can you spot dental concerns happening in your dog’s mouth?

We’ve all heard the saying, “there’s nothing cleaner than a dog’s mouth,” right? This is definitely not always the case, and there are contributing factors to dental concerns that may create additional challenges towards maintaining a healthy mouth.

Few smells are as unpleasant as a dog with stinky breath…but where’s it coming from?

 💩 It could be as simple as something they ate, leaving a scent that could make even a devoted pet parent crinkle their nose.

🧪 It might stem from a normal buildup of bacteria in the mouth or presence of plaque or tartar. ⚠️ It may be a sign of temporary digestive issues from the stomach struggling to digest food properly - aka, smelling burps.


Understanding these various factors alongside a proper dental care routine helps pet owners proactively address smelly dog breath in our beloved canine companions.

*If you notice bleeding gums, excessive drooling, or weight loss, please consult your veterinarian for further dental attention.

Here’s our 4 Go-To Non-Brushing Techniques for Supporting Your Dog’s Oral Health:

Dental Supplements

Spirited Paw’s Dental Supplement was designed to support healthy teeth and overall oral health. From plaque and tartar control to supporting fresh breath, our Dental Supplement is easy to add to any regular dental routine.

 *Consult a veterinarian for use in pets with hyperthyroidism, as well as for use in puppies and kittens.

Dental Chew Toys

Dental chew toys serve as both entertainment and oral care tools for your dog. Opt for safe and vet-approved chew toys that promote a natural scraping action on your dog's teeth, helping to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. These toys not only satisfy your dog's instinct to chew but also contribute to their dental well-being!

 *When buying toys for your dog, also be sure that it’s not too tough for their teeth! To test this, use the “fingernail test.” If you’re able to leave an indentation with your fingernail, then the toy is more likely to be safe from chipping your dog’s tooth.

Supportive Diet

A well-balanced and nutritious diet plays a pivotal role in supporting your dog's overall health, including their dental hygiene. Certain dog foods or supplements are formulated to promote dental health and feature ingredients that aid in plaque reduction and breath freshening.

 *Most kibble is too small to scrape away plaque and tartar and there is speculation that “raw” food diets might be beneficial for dental health. When changing your pet’s diet, we always recommend discussing it with your veterinarian.

Routine Vet Checks

Regular veterinary check-ups are fundamental for monitoring your dog's oral health. Professional dental exams allow veterinarians to identify potential issues early on, helping to provide a proactive approach to dental concerns. Your vet can provide insights into your dog's specific dental needs, recommend suitable products, and perform professional cleanings when necessary.

 *These routine check-ups not only contribute to a healthier smile but also ensure your dog's overall well-being.

Clearing your dog’s teeth doesn’t have to be a challenge.

With a holistic approach that goes beyond traditional brushing, you can enhance your pup's dental health and contribute to their overall happiness and vitality. Explore these alternative methods, tailor them to your dog's needs, and enjoy the rewards of a canine companion with a sparkling smile.

Learn more about Spirited Paw Dental. This supplement aids with plaque and tartar control, fresh breath, and mineral support for healthy teeth and gums!

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