Again, this is another small area, however issues in the mouth can cause very strong odors and make a Yorkie have
smelly breath. A very important aspect of grooming is
dental care. While chewing on hard treats does remove SOME plague, it is a myth that chewing can properly clean a dog's teeth. Without regular brushings, there will be a gradual buildup of tarter, plague and food particles. When combined, this can create a very bad smell that can be picked up from across the room.
Brushing your Yorkshire Terrier's teeth should be a daily ritual. Many owners find it best to do this in the morning; however do choose a time when you will not feel rushed.
While young puppies
will squirm and want to get away, starting this at a young age allows a dog to become accustomed to having his/her mouth touched and manipulated.
In time, a dog will calm down and allow his owner to scrub away.
Choosing a particular time of the day is often helpful since canines have such amazing internal clocks. A Yorkie is more prone to sitting and behaving if he/she learns that it is "teeth cleaning time".
In addition to daily cleanings, a yearly scraping is very important. Some owners prefer to do this at home, however unless you feel very comfortable doing so, it is recommended to allow an experienced veterinarian do this yearly cleaning that will help keep both teeth and gums healthy. It is sad to see older dogs with tooth decay and either loose teeth or missing teeth - and this can be avoided with just a few minutes of cleaning each day.
Proper cleaning will take 2 to 3 minutes. Never use human paste since it can be toxic if swallowed. Many Yorkies seem to love a paste that has a vanilla base.
Finally, to keep bad smells away and allow your Yorkshire Terrier to have a fresh, clean breath it is recommended to offer healthy treats that promote fresh breath, clean teeth. Be sure to look for a product that has no artificial colors or flavors.