Brushing our teeth is a very crucial part of our daily hygiene. We consider it as our primary method of taking care of our teeth and overall dental health. But what about our dogs? How do we keep their teeth and gums healthy?
Every time a dog eats food containing carbohydrates, sugars, and starches is frequently left on their teeth, and without twice-daily brushing like we do, a soft, sticky film may start to build up attracting millions of bacteria, resulting in plaque build-up and bad breath. When plaque hardens on the teeth, a yellow to brownish deposit forms, known as tartar.
According to extensive research on the topic of dog dental health, 4 out of 5 Australian dogs are likely to have gum or dental disease by the age of 3 if not given proper dental health care. What is worse is that these dental diseases could also lead to other infections or body complications if not treated immediately.
What Are the Ways to Take Care of Dogs’ Teeth?
Dental disease is unfortunately common and painful – for both the dog and their owner when they receive their hefty vet bill! Just like how the saying goes, prevention is always better than cure, and for that, monitoring their dental health could be a good start.
Monitor Your Dogs Dental Health
Dogs with dental health issues may show signs such as loss of appetite, excessive drooling, pain, and discomfort, and smelly breath. Things you can do to check if your dog may have dental disease:
Check your dog’s breath to see if it consistently smells
Check if the gums and lips and reddish, bleeding or swollen.
Look out for cavities and tooth decay.
The best ways to prevent dental disease for your dog
Regular Tooth Brushing
Brushing our dogs’ teeth can definitely be a challenge however is recommended as the best way to remove dirt and mouth residues. If your dog gets anxiety from having its teeth brushed or you just simply run out of time in the day, don’t worry we have a range of other options for you to try.
Raw Meat Bones
Since bones are made up of cartilage that contains amino acids and can release enzymes and probiotics that could help in preventing the bacteria from coming when chewed on by dogs. They encourage the dog to gnaw on the bone, helping to scrape off plaque and tartar from their teeth. When feeding your dog a bone, make sure to supervise and never feed them cooked or dehydrated bones.
Fruits and Vegetables
Because fruit and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, a lot of them are ideal for our dogs’ dental diet. Vitamins and minerals such as Fibre could help with cleaning teeth and reducing plaque and tartar.
Vitamin C is a good anti-bacterial and could help prevent bacteria build-up on our dogs’ mouth. Vitamin A supports the tooth enamel and antioxidants that help restore damaged cells and could help in keeping their gums healthy,
Calcium promotes strong teeth and bones, enzymes, and fatty acids (omega 3).
You may consider giving your dog fruits such as Coconut, Pineapples, Berries and Papaya and vegetables such as Carrots, Parsley, Broccoli, Ginger, Celery, and other green-leafy vegetables.
Feeding your dog probiotics and other fermented foods can helps deter bacteria from sticking to your dog’s teeth and gums which can lead to plaque build-up. Probiotics help keep your dog’s teeth cleaner and can support your dogs’ immune system function and gastrointestinal health. Natural food containing probiotics include Greek yoghurt, kefir and apple cider vinegar which are all great for dogs.
Give Your Dog Bell & Bone Dental Sticks
Bell & Bone Dental Sticks were created with industry experts and are unlike most other brands you may have seen at your favourite pet store. They contain 2 active ingredients that are scientifically proven to prevent and reduce plaque and tartar when given daily.
Sodium Tripolyphosphate is 100% safe for dogs and helps in preventing plaque. It binds directly to the enamel, interacting with the calcium inside the dog’s mouth and prevents stains of teeth. This can be easily digested.
Zinc Sulphate, also 100% safe for dogs, inhibits the growth of bacteria by binding to the teeth to control plaque formation. By doing this, it assists in reducing the bad breath odour. The two work together for the greatest impact on the teeth and gums. Bell & Bone recommends giving your dog Dental Sticks daily from 6 months and older.