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Why Bad Dog Breath Is A Huge Problem (And 8 Products To Keep Your Dog’s Mouth Healthy)

Why Bad Dog Breath Is A Huge Problem (And 8 Products To Keep Your Dog’s Mouth Healthy)

While dogs are wonderfully resilient, there’s one vulnerable area where bacteria can sneak in and cause health issues: their mouth!

Eating well and exercising are essential to your dog’s health, but few dog parents realize that dental health is also super important. In fact, bad dog breath is actually a HUGE deal, and could be a sign of something more serious, like dental disease, inflamed gums, tooth loss, and even heart disease. Oy. 

Can you believe that two-thirds of dog parents have never brushed their dog’s teeth, and over 80% of dogs develop dental disease by age three? Our dogs deserve better, so we rounded up and broke down 8 dog dental products to help care for your pup’s chompers.

1. BARK Bright Dental Kit

Bright Dental is a dual dental care system that includes a month’s supply of tasty dental sticks and triple-enzymatic dental gel. These two components work together to break down problem-causing debris in your dog’s mouth—no toothbrush required.

How Does It Work?

  • Squeeze the dental gel into the groove along the length of the dental stick, and let your pup get chomping.
  • The triple-enzyme formula is only used by Bright; each enzyme turbo-charges the enzymes already present in your dog’s mouth to boost their performance. Together, they continue to do the dirty work long after your dog has finished chewing.
  • With daily use, you can expect fresher breath in 1-2 weeks, whiter teeth in 4-6, and a complement from your vet at your dog’s next checkup!

What’s Inside?

  • Real chicken
  • Zero corn, wheat, or soy-based products
  • See the full ingredient breakdown here
  • 21-68 kcal/dental stick for small and medium/large
  • P.S. The toothpaste is water-based, so it won’t stain carpets

How Much Does It Cost?

The BARK Bright chews pictured above are available at target.com and in select Target stores.

2. Greenies

How Does It Work?

These chewy treats claim to “clean teeth and maintain healthy gums” by using the chewing action as a means to scrub away accumulated plaque and tartar.

What’s Inside?

  • Original formula contains wheat-based products; grain-free options are available
  • Poultry flavor
  • For regular size treats: 91 kcal/treat for original formula; 87 kcal/treat for grain-free formula; 83 kcal/treat for weight management formula

How Much Does It Cost?

  • Varies by pack size, dog size, and type; ~$9–$50

Overview

3. Blue Buffalo Dental Bones

How Does It Work?

Blue Buffalo’s Dental Bones are designed to help freshen breath and maintain healthy teeth and gums as a result of the chewing action.

What’s Inside?

  • No corn, wheat, soy, by-products, or artificial colors or flavors
  • Contains added vitamins and minerals
  • Parsley to help freshen breath
  • 87 kcal/regular size bone

How Much Does It Cost?

  • ~$23 for a regular size bag containing 27 bones

Overview

4. Pedigree Dentastix

How Does It Work?

These X-shaped dental chews claim to clean teeth and freshen breath thanks to the shape and texture.

What’s Inside?

  • Contains wheat
  • Poultry flavor
  • 53–76 kcal/treat from small to large sizes

How Much Does It Cost?

  • Varies by size; $8–$15

Overview

5. Virbac C.E.T. VeggieDent Chews

How Does It Work?

Veggiedent chews claim to help clean gums and teeth, and freshen breath with a unique Z-shape that makes gripping and chewing easier.

What’s In It?

  • 100% plant-based, does not contain meat
  • Contains corn, soy, and rice flour
  • 23–105 kcal/treat from extra-small to large sizes

How Much Does It Cost?

  • Varies based on size; $20–$29/bag containing 30 chews

Overview

6. Sentry Petrodex Toothpaste

How Does It Work?

While brushing your dog’s teeth isn’t the most exciting activity, Petrodex toothpaste uses a patented enzyme process that’s designed to reduce plaque and tartar and fight bad breath. It’s also non-foaming, which means it’s safe to swallow. Best used daily with a dog-friendly bristle toothbrush or finger brush.

What’s Inside?

  • Poultry digest (poultry flavor)
  • Enzymes

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $5–$9 per 6.2oz tube

Overview

7. Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste

How Does It Work?

If you want to opt out of a savory toothpaste for something fresher, Virbac CET Enzymatic Toothpaste offers a vanilla mint flavor as well as poultry. This paste provides antibacterial action, removes plaque, and prevents tartar buildup. It’s also foam-free, so it’s safe to swallow. Best used daily with a dog-friendly toothbrush or finger brush.

What’s Inside?

  • Poultry digest (poultry flavor); not included in vanilla mint flavored toothpaste
  • 2 types of enzymes

How Much Does It Cost?

  • ~$10 per 2.5oz tube

Overview

8. Arm & Hammer Dental Fresh Breath Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste

How Does It Work?

Human-favorite Arm & Hammer offers an enzymatic dog toothpaste that uses baking soda to help to clean and deodorize your dog’s teeth and gums. And when it comes to flavor, this paste splits the difference between savory and fresh with a chicken mint scent, as well as vanilla ginger. Best used daily with a dog-friendly toothbrush or finger brush.

What’s Inside?

  • Baking soda
  • Enzymes

How Much Does It Cost?

  • ~$4 per 2.5oz tube

Overview

We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your dog’s teeth clean with daily care and maintenance. Here’s to healthier dogs and less stinky kisses. Bad breath, begone!

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