Dental health is critical to your dog’s overall wellness and should never be overlooked. However, if there is anywhere responsible dog owners typically find themselves lacking, it is the dental health department.
This is most likely due to the fact that the dangers of neglecting our pup’s dental hygiene have been scarcely publicized until relatively recently. Therefore a lot of people are simply unaware of the risks involved in not keep up with brushing and cleanings. However, there are many oral diseases that dogs are vulnerable to, just like with people, that could lead to even greater problems down the road. While a yearly dental cleaning with you veterinarian is recommended, there are a few things we can do at home to help keep our dog’s teeth sparkly clean.
#1 – Brush Their Teeth
Brushing your pup’s teeth regularly is the most effective way to avoid dental disease and tooth decay. Easier said than done, unfortunately. Don’t feel discouraged if your dog freaks out when you first try. To them it’s very unnatural and they do not understand the necessity.
Regardless of their age, dogs should be started slowly. With some positive reinforcement you’ll be able to brush your pup’s teeth without issue. Choose the right toothbrush and pet-safe toothpaste. These toothpastes contain ingredients that are safe and beneficial for dogs. Human toothpaste has ingredients that are toxic for pets. Often the toothpaste is somewhat of a reward for your pup as they are typically flavored like their favorite foods.
Brushing teeth removes and prevents plaque build up and can break down tartar over time. While daily brushing is ideal, even just 1-2 times a week will make a difference.
#2 – Provide Dental Chews
Quality dental chews can positively impact your dog’s dental health. Chews, such as the Project Paws™ Grain & Gluten Free Dental Chews, are formulated to clean your dog’s teeth almost as effectively as brushing. The chews’ consistency scrubs off plaque. The ingredients help break down tartar and prevent further build up. In addition, the chews’ antimicrobial properties along with peppermint oil freshen your dog’s breath.
Many products contain questionable ingredients, or excessive fat or calories. These all natural dental chews feature much the same ingredients as you’ll find in regular dog food but with a few natural enzymes and supplements that combat plaque and tartar.
Even better – most dogs absolutely love them! They are a delicious treat that’s actually healthy for your dog. Plus, they’re one of the easiest ways to improve your dog’s dental health – just use them as a reward for good behavior and you’ve just helped them clean their pearly whites. Bonus: Project Paws™ Grain Free Triple Enzyme Dental Chews are now available on Amazon with Prime shipping!
#3 – Feed Quality Food
Feeding your dog a high-quality, healthy diet is an excellent way to keep Fido’s dental health in check. Nourishing the body means that teeth will grow stronger and your dog’s immune system will be supported to fight off harmful bacteria in the mouth and elsewhere. Contrary to what we’ve been told by dog food companies, kibble is not good for dog’s teeth. In addition to kibble, may treats and even wet foods have excessive carbs, sugars and fats that can be dangerous for teeth in the long term.
Low-quality “foods” promote plaque and tartar build up and do not provide the nourishment that your dog’s immune system needs. Whole foods with natural ingredients often contain enzymes and other supplements that reduce build up on teeth. As a note, even dogs fed wholesome diets should have their teeth brushed and dental health checked regularly.
The iHeartDogs team is very passionate about dental health. The thought of pups suffering in silence from periodontal disease drove us to develop the Project Paws™ Triple Enzyme, Grain Free Dental Chews.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional.