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    Our 5 month old puppy has just developed stinky breath. I wondered if it is associated with teething. Although I she is quite good about having my hands in her mouth, I am finding it hard going getting her used to the toothbrush, and I have to admit I have been lax in getting round to it til now. Any tips?
    Scampi (Blenheim female) 19 weeks

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    At 5 months of age there is major teething going on. That could contribute to her bad breath. Check her mouth to make sure nothing is caught in it though, and if it is very bad smelling you might want to take her to the vet.

    I wouldn't start brushing her teeth at the moment as her mouth is probably sore and sensitive. She might have a negative experience, which will make it all the more difficult to brush her teeth in the future.

    However, you could put a little doggy toothpaste on a soft baby toothbrush and let her mouth it. Doing this will be a positive experience for her, and she will begin to love her toothbrush.
    Cathy Moon
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    Thanks Cathy. This is a red herring, and not happened before; but she's just munched her way through a cat poo! Won't help, I think
    Scampi (Blenheim female) 19 weeks

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    I agree with Cathy's advice and would add that you can try a finger tooth brush. It has soft rubber bristles which I think are too soft but it would work for now while he might be tender from teething. I haven't tried it but a scrap of soft linen wrapped over your finger would work as a gentle cleaner too with some doggie tooth paste. I brush every other day. I think it should be done every day though, I'm being lazy!


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    Gonna be honest here.....I've never brushed my two I know I should but I don't. Shelby is due for a teeth cleaning on the 14th. Jake had his done in September. At his anuual check up last month my vet said he did have some tartar but not anything to worry about. She, of course, suggested I brush their teeth. And I'm thinking I will! I swear...I will!!

    Both of mine are crazy kissers. I wake up in the morning getting every inch of my face licked clean. Can't stand stinky breath if they're gonna kiss me like that...and both of mine have pleasant breath.

    Ummmm...yeah, the cat poop probably doesn't help Neither does Shelby eating her own poop....gross!!
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    yep nothing quite like pooey breath or pooey burps for that matter lady won't let me near her mouth at the moment i don't want to freak her out so i just give nyabones which clean there teeth is that correct. I gave her a predigere dentastick and it stank the front room out i wont be buying anymore of those. I am going to start using greenies when she's 6 months.
    Natalie, mummy to lady (blen) 8 months old

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    sorry to be dim. What are greenies?
    Scampi (Blenheim female) 19 weeks

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    I think it's important to start brushing when they are young so they get used to it. It's all tongues and licks but worth it to avoid other health problems.

    I found this at http://www.petalia.com.au/Templates/...&story_no=1903

    5. Dental Disease can cause irreversible damage.
    As plaque and its grubby bacterial gang continue to proliferate on the teeth, calcium salts are deposited and these develop into concrete-like deposits called tartar. If untreated, infection sets in and a condition called gingivitis occurs. Gingivitis is usually reversible. However, when this is untreated it leads to periodontal disease which is irreversible. Periodontal disease causes infection and erosion of the bone around the tooth, eventually causing tooth loss.


    6. Dental Disease affects organs other than teeth.
    With advanced dental disease, the continuous entry of dangerous bacteria into the circulation causes serious and sometimes fatal disease in the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs. These bacteria float from the infected gums like rafts and eventually adhere onto heart valves and into the minute capillaries in other organs where, like seeds, they grow and cause deadly infections.

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    The other day I bought 3 baby toothbrushes at the drugstore. These toothbrushes are for ages 1-5 and are Kid's Crest Sesame Street brand.

    I've been using dog toothbrushes that I bought at PetSmart, and it seems to me that the large brush is too large and the small brush is too small. I've been thinking I could do a more thorough cleaning if I had a better brush.

    The new baby toothbrushes are PERFECT!! Sooo much easier to use and the dogs seem to like them better too. I highly recommend the baby toothbrushes!
    Cathy Moon
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