my dog has bad breath and i can see that he has minor gum disease…

my dog has bad breath and i can see that he has minor gum disease (i would say stage 1 gingivitis???). would a liquid oral solution that goes into his water be effective or am i better off with a doggy tooth brush and paste?

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Jana Rade
5 years ago

With already visible problem with the gums, my main concern would be about what’s going on you cannot see. Lots of the serious dental disease goes on under the gum line where it cannot be seen with plain eye. Toothbrushing or water additives work well in terms of prevention but I wouldn’t see it as a treatment for an already existing problem. I’d have my dog examined and his mouth x-rayed.

Jana Rade
5 years ago

Yes, it will help. Please choose your product carefully and I’d recommend to include brushing whether you use a water additive or not. One of the water additives I quite like (and our vet uses it) is HealthyMouth. There are also various dental chews available out there; again, be careful which one you choose.

Margrit Simons
5 years ago

Hi Kodie;
If I were you I would see your vet! I was ignorant about Benji’s (my poodle) dental’s condition a few years ago. He also had bad breath, and by the time I took him to the vet, he had to have several teeth removed.