While annual dentals are the top recommendation of veterinarians to assist in dental health and controlling bad breath, there are other steps you can take in between. Tartar and plaque are substances that build up on the teeth providing a hiding spot for bacteria. That is why it is important to work to keep teeth as clean as possible. Just as with human dental health, if we do not brush our teeth daily, you can expect tartar and plaque to build up with the result of poor dental health and bad breath. In our companions, it is the same thing. Many pet owners find it is impossible to brush their companion’s teeth due to lack of cooperation or simply lack of time. When this is the case, as a veterinarian, I recommend annual dental cleanings and to use products such as the breath fresheners that help to fight plaque and tartar build up. Use this tool to find the best product for your companion’s dental health.