- Human toothpaste contains fluoride which is toxic to dogs. Choose a quality canine toothpaste that is safe to swallow and has the right abrasive qualities to be safe for teeth yet strong enough to scrub away bacteria, plaque and sticky food particle debris. Many will come in chicken flavor or other flavors that dogs like, so this can make this grooming task much easier. On the other hand, you can opt for a quality mint flavor, which will give your Maltipoo super clean smelling breath for up to 3 hours afterward. When done every day, this can really go a long way in a keeping a dog's bad mouth odors at bay.
2) Teething -
In regard to Maltipoo puppies that have bad breath, this can often be attributed to teething issues. It is not uncommon for the breath to have a sort of sweet-sour smell. Some owners describe this as a sour milk smell.
This sort of bad breath is due to mild bleeding that occurs in the mouth that mixes with saliva and bacteria that is normally present.
What to do:
While this will resolve itself once the teething phase
is done, brushing the teeth now will help in several ways:
It will help prevent future infection since infection in the gums now can affect the adult teeth that are going to emerge.
It will help keep gums strong which is the foundation needed for a healthy bite set.
It will help temporarily relieve the itch; most Maltipoo puppies love to have a nice scrubbing since the bristles feel great on those scratchy gums.
It establishes good habits for a lifetime; puppies that become used to this now will grow up to be adult dogs that sit nice for this grooming task.