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The Importance of Dental Care
They say a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. That doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from a little brushing.
Just like us, dogs can get plaque buildup. Plaque turns into tartar, which soon grows bacteria. The nasty bacteria go to work on your dog’s teeth and gums, causing damage, such as tooth loss, bad breath, dental diseases, and oral pain.
A pet in dental pain is not a happy pet, and the pain can affect his/her ability to eat, which can result in weight loss and malnutrition.
The main causes of poor dental health
The image on the top shows the teeth of a raw fed dog.
On the right is the same dog after being fed a popular vet recommended kibble for 17 days. The difference is staggering. (Note: the dog’s teeth returned to a healthy state after returning to a raw diet)
By far, the most common cause of canine dental disease is diet.
Unfortunately, the theory that dry food helps clean the teeth is a well-established and accepted myth.
The truth is, dry food causes dental decay.
This is because carbohydrates are a major component of most commercial kibbles. These carbs break down into sugars and those sugars stick to the teeth. Hello dental disease.
Symptoms of Dental Disease
What are the symptoms of dental disease? If your dog has one or more of these issues, he may be suffering from dental disease:
What can happen if left untreated?
Astonishingly, 78% of dogs over the age of three suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common health problem affecting dogs.
When many owners think of dental disease, they picture a little tooth staining and some bad breath, but unfortunately that is not the case.
The term "dental disease" can describe a range of different conditions including:
Dogs with dental disease do frequently have bad breath and discolored teeth, but they may also drool excessively, lose weight, have red gums that bleed easily or drain pus, suffer from oral pain, and have pockets of pus that drain onto the surface of the face or into the nose, which in turn causes sneezing and nasal discharge.
The infection and inflammation associated with dental disease can also spread throughout the body and adversely affect the liver, kidneys and heart.
As the saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," and this is certainly true when dealing with canine dental disease.
The best way to prevent dental disease is to clean your dog’s teeth daily using a pet toothpaste or gel applied to a soft bristle toothbrush, a finger brush, or even a piece of gauze or washcloth. If tooth brushing isn’t feasible, owners can turn to oral rinses, drinking water additives or dental treats.
At Home Dental Care
What can you do at home? There are lots of products on the market that can be used to keep your dog’s teeth clean:
But not all are created equal (of course!) and not all are safe.
For example, these are some of the common ingredients found in the dental rinses, sprays and pastes that are on store shelves. These are ingredients that shouldn’t be in your dog’s mouth:
Some may wonder.. Is it worth it getting my dogs teeth professionally cleaned?
Professional Dental Care Doesn't have to be expensive...
Many people let nature take its course and don’t do anything about their dog’s dental health.
But let’s say a health concern arises—you’re going to have to pay for it.
That could mean a professional cleaning, x-rays, tooth extraction or medications.
Taking care of his teeth now, you’re setting your dog up for better health in the future and a massive savings on expensive Vet bills for work that could've been prevented.
Canine Oral Hygiene Myths
Myth 1: Kibble & Kibble Size Can Help Clean Teeth
We hear this statement fairly often, and though we wish we could say it’s true, it sadly isn’t. If this were the case, every time you ate a bag of chips you could say you’re cleaning your teeth.
Dogs have teeth and jaws that are made for gnawing, ripping, and tearing.
For the most part kibble is rarely chewed much at all because dogs simply don’t have the jaw structure for lateral movement. Pieces and crumbs are left behind in a dogs mouth which can promote a less than lovely smell and the beginnings of plaque buildup.
Try a Raw Diet for better dental health!!
Myth 2: Dogs Don’t Need Their Teeth Brushed
Many people can be surprised at the idea that they would brush their dogs teeth. While it may seem silly, teeth brushing is a fantastic way to keep dental disease at bay.
Those with small dogs in particular have to be especially vigilant as small dogs mouths are notorious for overcrowding of teeth. Pint sized pups often need some help from us to help clear bits and debris that would otherwise allow disease to set in.
If you aren’t comfortable brushing your dogs teeth there are always grooming services that will do it for you. This can have significant positive changes for your pup as dental disease has been found to have correlation with a myriad of other health issues both physical and behavioural as well.
Myth 3: Bones are bad!
if we were talkng about cooked bones then this myth would be a fact!
Luckily Raw bones are usually sold frozen.
When they thaw and your pet chews on them, they become a goopy delicacy that can leave 'bone prints' of grease, a little blood and small bits of meat around your house until your dog has completely cleaned them up. Making raw frozen bones safe for consumption
In store we have plenty of options for caring for your pets mouth!!
Here at JAP we have our very own line of Homeopathic products, promoting a natural and affordable way to keep up with your pets oral hygiene at home!
Along with plenty of dental chews and treats, bones, antlers and more!!
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