How’s your dog’s dental health score? It’s Pet Dental Health Month, and we are talking about keeping dog teeth healthy. Dental scores range from zero to four with zero being perfect and four severe dental problems. As with humans, the health of your teeth and gums can affect your overall health. We do a lot of things to make sure our teeth and gums stay healthy.
Those shiny white teeth and healthy gums belong to me, Nelson. I don’t quite have a score of one yet. My mouth is only two but there are very young dogs with terrible scores out there. All my sisters all are in the one range. Mom makes our teeth a priority. What do we do to keep them healthy? For starters, we eat a raw diet which is good for our mouths. The raw meat, ground bone and organs all help to keep our teeth and gums happy. We have some other things we do too, PlaqueOff, teeth brushing, and chews.
Every morning we get PlaqueOff on our breakfast. It is a fine green powder made from Kelp off the coast of Scandinavia. We love the taste and eat it right down with our meal. Breeders have talked about it, so Mom decided to try it many years ago. It is a daily addition to all our breakfasts. PlaqueOff helps clean off your teeth and keeps the gums healthy too.
Chews are also part of our daily routine. I always enjoy chewing on a bone or antler. Every night we get a single ingredient chew to also help keep our teeth clean and provide extra nutrients in our diet. Esophagus, duck feet, pigs ears, gullet sticks, dried tripe, all super yummy for us, not always pleasing for the human. Mom prefers us to have non processed food items whenever possible for our health.
Finally, we all get our teeth brushed every night at bedtime. Yes, we love it! Mom buys tasty toothpaste for dogs and uses one of her old toothbrushes to brush our teeth. We started getting our teeth brushed as puppies, so we are used to it.
Our goal is to never need to have our teeth professionally cleaned as it requires anesthesia, and a lot of money. So far, Mom’s dogs have never needed to have it done, so we must be doing something right? Hopefully our dental health score history will remain under two. Do you have any good dental tips to share?
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