Canine dental health is so important for your pup’s overall health! Despite most people knowing this, around eighty percent of dogs over three years of age have some form of dental disease, including teeth, and/or gums. At our house, we are big fans of a healthy mouth, so every year for National Pet Dental Health Month, we share some of our tips.
Canine Dental Health
These pretty pink gums and shiny white chompers belong to me, Madison. I’m proud to have a pretty and healthy smile. At our last vet visit, we all got a score of .5 on the dental scale with 0 being new teeth, and 4 being gums and teeth in the worst shape. These scores are phenomenal especially for Bailie at seven years old. Mom wants us to have a healthy mouth because it means good kissing breath, a healthier dog, and avoiding expensive teeth cleaning where we would need to be under anesthesia.
Let me tell you how we do our best to keep healthy teeth and gums at our house.
Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
One simple thing you can do for your dog’s teeth and gums is to brush them. We brush our teeth every night before bed, and that is starting the day Mom brings us home. All of us love it, and we sit patiently waiting for our turn before we go to sleep. We use special toothpaste for dogs, and Mom’s old toothbrush. When she gets a new one, we take the old one, so every six months or so.
It doesn’t have to be a long session of brushing, but try to get all the teeth and some of the gum area to stimulate the blood flow and clean out any old food or things that don’t belong in our mouth. If you brush using a finger brush, be careful it doesn’t come off your finger in your dog’s mouth as it could be swallowed and become a chocking hazard.
Feed A Good Dog Food
As you probably know, Mom has gone from cheap kibble to top of the line kibble, to adding protein to a healthy base, and now we are eating a raw diet. The better the food, the better it is for a dog’s teeth. Cheap food is not only lacking in nutrients, but can lead to staining of teeth. Now our raw food, while ground, still has bone in it and all the other things that come in raw food. When we eat and chew our meals, it helps scrape plaque and tarter off our teeth.
You don’t need to feed your dog a raw diet for good canine dental health. We switched for many reasons, and improved dental health is one “side effect”.
Plaque Off Powder
We love this Plaque Off powder. It is expensive, but we feel it is worth it. Even me, the picky one, has had it on my food for a few years now and I don’t mind a bit. At first we were skeptical about it, but it has proven to actually be a good tool in combating dental diseases for us. It is always amazing when we talk about something like this powder, we find out how many other people actually use it too!
Healthy Chews Help
Evenings at our house, if we are home, mean time to relax and have a nice chew. I’d say about five nights a week we get a chew to give our teeth and gums a nice, healthy workout. Healthy chews work in two ways:
- They stimulate saliva in the mouth bathing the teeth with proteins and minerals that protect tooth enamel and reduce gum disease.
- Chewing on hard or semi-hard dog chews scrapes away plaque and tarter on and between a dog’s teeth.
We have a variety of chews we enjoy, all pretty much single ingredient chews: marrow bones, bully sticks, bladder sticks, green tripe, duck feet, lamb lung, beef gullet, just to name a few. Variety is the spice of life, right?
Your dog shouldn’t ever be afraid to smile! Canine dental health will effect your dog’s overall health,and a dog needs a healthy mouth just as humans do. It is not really hard to keep your pup’s mouth in good shape if you follow our tips that are working fabulously for us!
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