What is our three part dog dental strategy? Bailie really loves to eat, and chew on things, so her chomper health is super important to her. Since it is National Pet Dental Health Month, she wanted to share our top three tips for keeping our teeth happy and healthy.
The Old Fashioned Toothbrush
Sometimes, back to the basics is the best method. My sisters and I brush our teeth every night before bed. We all started as nine week old puppies, and grew to love the ritual in no time. Brushing is a great way to freshen our breath, remove some of the stains on our teeth, as well as various food particles that might be stuck in our teeth. It also conditions us to be used to a human having their hands in and around our mouths.
A Variety of Natural Chews
Almost every evening when we are at home, we all enjoy a nice natural chew. Variety is a good thing, so we rotate through various kinds. Some of our favorites are marrow bones, bully sticks, and beef trachea. Not only are they all super tasty, they help scrape plaque, and other build up off our teeth. Chewing also stimulates our teeth and gums, and increases saliva production, all of which are healthy for our mouths.
Plaque Off Powder
Recently we added Plaque Off powder to our dog dental strategy. When we are at the vet, they always marvel at our shiny chompers, but they could still be a bit cleaner. All three of us have a 1 on a scale of 5 for teeth, with 0 being perfect. In one of our social media groups some breeders raved about the effectiveness of Plaque Off in cleaning dog teeth. It is all natural with no chemicals or additives. The only ingredient is a specific strain of selected seaweed harvested from above Scandinavia. This seaweed has developed a natural defensive mechanism against bacterial biofilm. We have it sprinkled over our meals and eat it right up! It will be exciting to see if there is a difference in our teeth at our next vet visit!
What’s In Your Dog Dental Strategy?
All three of us have great teeth, fresh breath, and find our three step strategy very easy to follow. What is the strategy at your house?
we do n°1 and n°2 but nevertheless my teeth look not really clean… maybe the plaque off powder can do the trick? the mama would like to get my teeth clean without the procedere at the vet…
Mom has never needed to have a dog’s teeth cleaned by the vet. I broke a tooth somehow, and it had to be removed, so they cleaned my chompers while I was under anyway, but ours all look good. You should be able to get the powder on Amazon in Europe since it comes from Sweden and my breeder in England gets it.
Yamini MacLean says
Hmmmmm… now to see if there is a plaque-off available for humans!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx
Wouldn’t that be something!
Sadly, these guys aren’t big chewers. I brush Torrey’s teeth, but can’t get near Roxy with one. That plaque off seems like a good idea too.
A lot of the breeders don’t brush teeth because of so many dogs, but they said Plaque Off works, so we are using it. It’s not that expensive, so why not. Since our teeth are good, it’s hard to see the difference, but we are waiting to see what the vet says in a couple weeks.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
That’s a great plan, brushing is always the best so great to see you doing that. Never heard of the plaque off powder, people are always asking me of a product that actually works.
The plaque off is super easy to use and seems to be effective.
M. K. Clinton says
I’ll have to try the Plaque Off! It sounds like a perfect compliment to our routine.
We think it is a good thing, and we eat it right up on our food.
Meagan & Merlin says
Bones and Carrots are really good at keeping Merlin’s teeth clean.
Bones, yes, carrots, no. My sisters and I are not veggie fans. Fruit we do like.
Karen Meldrum says
plaque off seems a good way to go.
It’s a good way to add to our dental regimen.
That sound most excellent and we do get our teeth brushed but not much in the way of treats.
Mom tried brushing the cat’s teeth, but it was a disaster.
Sounds like a great routine!! Mama finally learned and has Rosy on a chomper cleaning routine!
Arty, Jakey & Rosy
Good for Rosy. Healthy chompers are real important.
Jan K says
Since no one wants their teeth brushed around here (next time I’ll start them as puppies like your smart Mom did), we might give that Plaque Off powder a try too.
We never have trouble brushing our teeth. Mom started later on with her first dog, but she loved it too. I think the key is to start slowly with a good and tasty toothpaste.
Groovy Goldendoodles says
We’ve been using plaque off for some time now. It sounds strange when I tell people about it, but it really does work well.
Good to know. We have only heard about it from breeders.
Sandy Weinstein says
the girls get their teeth brushed every nite. they get Vetriscience tooth powder on their food. my girls go to a dental specialist for cleaning. he does root planing, gum graphs, filling, root canals, etc. he worked with a reg. people dentist yrs ago and developed a brand which is very good. Oxyfresh makes human toothpaste, a whitening one that can be used for both humans and dogs. we also use their gum gel that helps strengthen the gums and bones, and the water additive to help with tartar. they go every 3-6 months to get check ups and cleanings. he is 180 miles away, but worth it. he has clients that come from all over the us, and canada to see him. he is very reasonable. i love his practice. he only does dental. i use the soft baby toothbrushes. can get them in the dollar store. i also use the flossing sticks to get in between the teeth. my dental vet suggested a ultrasonic toothbrush. i tried but it scared the girls.
Sounds like an amazing dental plan. We go through a lot of water, and Mom often pours half the bowl out and refills, so we have not been into the water additive. Tried flossing, but it didn’t go over real well. Never heard of gum gel. We will have to look into that.
I didn’t know about “Plaque off”. Thanks for the tip!
We think it is a good find. Hope it works well for you.
Both Mica and Aspen and Lexie (when she was with us) have snow white teeth; the vet always comments. They chew greenies and Aspen likes bully sticks and hoods. The groomer always brushes them. So far that has kept them healthy and clean:)
That is great! Some dogs are predisposed to plaque too, just as some humans. Healthy teeth are so important to overall health.