There are several products on the market today which can help with dog teeth cleaning. Dog tooth paste, often called gel, is available from several different manufacturers containing various ingredients. Most of the tooth cleaning gels and sprays are made with all natural products.
A few of the brand name teeth cleaning products for dogs contain salmon oil. Although no scientific studies have been done, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that the salmon oil in the teeth cleaning gel does offer a benefit for canine tooth cleanings. Our guess is that the oil from salmon somehow aids in the dissolving process of the tartar.
The tartar, if allowed to build up to a significant degree, can be extremely difficult to remove. Although heavy build ups of the tartar can be removed safely and effectively with the home remedies offered with the dog tooth pastes, sprays, and gels, canine owners should be aware that it can require quite a few weeks of daily cleanings in order to make an impact on the tartar removal. However, once the dangerous tartar buildup is removed, it is then a simple matter of only cleaning the dog’s teeth once every 2 to 3 days in order to keep the teeth clean. Of course daily cleanings can also be done with no harm to the teeth.
Some pet owners worry that too much cleaning will be too abrasive for the dog’s tooth enamel and hurt it. This is not the case however. Most of the cleaning products do not contain any significant abrasive substances that would harm the canine’s teeth in any way.
Also, many dog owners have expressed concern that the salmon oil found in the dog teeth cleaning pastes may cause their pet to have stinky breath. Here again, there are no scientific studies in this regard, but we personally have not found this to be the case at all. In fact, if anything, dogs’ bad breath seems to be even less of an issue more quickly with the salmon oil based tooth cleaning pastes than those without it.
Regardless as to exactly which cleaning product is used, to clean the dogs teeth with, the most important factor for achieving success with the process at home is to make sure the dog will accept the cleanings without stress or resistance. If the canine teeth cleanings bring about a negative experience for either the pet or the owner, they simply will not happen enough for success to happen. In this case the owner will be back to the process of needing to use the dangerous and expensive method of dog teeth scaling performed in the vet’s office in order to clean dog teeth properly.