Home remedies are far less expensive, safer and enable you and your favorite companion to have more fun time together.
Dog toothpaste comes in different flavors and pet stores also offer dog toothbrushes. One is a regular kind, but if your dog has trouble accepting this, there is a finger toothbrush which may be tolerated more easily.
It is suggested that you work up to brushing your dog's teeth slowly and gently over a period of a few days. Have him sit close by, relaxed, and put some toothpaste on your finger.
With the other hand, gently lift back the upper lip exposing all the teeth. Run your finger (with the toothpaste) from the back to the front of his mouth allowing him to lick the toothpaste. He will enjoy it and you can praise him for letting you do this. Repeat on the other side. Once you feel the time is right put some toothpaste on the brush and gently brush one or two teeth.
Stop, praise and start again. With repetition and praise you should be able to clean the whole mouth. Daily brushing is best, or as often as possible.
If this procedure is too difficult for you or your dog, there are now gels and sprays that, when mixed with dog saliva, remove plaque and tartar build-up.
If your dog can remain still, using the spray will work well. If the noise is bothersome, put some gel on your finger, lift and pull back his upper lip with your other hand and quickly swipe along the teeth. Used consistently this will break down the tartar and soon your dog will have clean, white teeth and sweet breath again.