Doggy Breath or Dental Desease?

I have been on a mission to know all I can about 'dog breath'. Our Labs are part of our family and as family members we need to make sure they too have good dental habits. Yes, I brush our Labs teeth. For the most part they are agreeable mostly because they always get a dental treat when I'm finished.  Enjoy the following post and video:

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While many people like the smell of puppy breath, the same can’t be said for “Dog breath”. It’s almost universally considered as eye-stingingly unpleasant. This phrase has even been used as a play-ground insult! While it’s a joke to some, when you look at the science behind foul panting, it’s clear that bad breath is anything but funny.
In fact, bad breath is epidemic, affecting four out of five companion animals over the age of three. Additionally, this condition could be a sign of dental disease, which can lead to health consequences throughout the whole body, not just in the mouth. As some veterinarians have rightly noted, infections of the gums and teeth can spread to other parts of the body, including the heart, kidneys and intestinal tract … even the joints!
Brushing your dog’s teeth and providing them with dental snacks are two ways to help improve the health of teeth and gums, especially in reducing the build-up of plaque. Unfortunately, however, many pet parents find brushing frustrating, which can result in a stressful experience for pets.
Thankfully, Dr. Sarah is here to share with you the proper technique for brushing your dog’s teeth.
If dental health is a priority for you, watch this short, how-to video about dental care, so you can help your pet fight dental disease and bad breath.