February is Pet Dental Health Month, but we believe it is super important to take care of your dog's and cat's dental health all year long year!
February was Pet Dental Health Month, but we believe it is super important to take care of your dog's and cat's dental health all year long!
Although teeth can tend to be overlooked, your pet’s dental health is vital to keeping them happy and healthy throughout their entire lives.
Poor Dental Health Risks For Pets
Unfortunately, by the age of three, nearly 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease. There are many negative outcomes from poor dental hygiene for your pet.
- Bad breath.
- Not keeping up with your pet’s dental health can result in bacteria growth and plaque and tartar buildup as well as poor enamel strength that will degrade your pet’s tooth and gum health over time.
- Poor dental health can cause tooth decay and infections that result in emergency dental surgeries that are stressful for both you and your furry friend.
- Prolonged poor dental health can even lead to secondary diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, as well as poor heart, lung, and liver health.
- Bacteria growth from poor oral hygiene can leach into your pet’s bloodstream through the inflamed bleeding tissue of their gums and negatively affect other areas of their body, such as weakening their immune system to make them susceptible to more bacteria and viruses.
- Ongoing accumulation of bacteria in the bloodstream can even lead to more serious issues such as heart disease.
Proper Dental Hygiene Benefits For Pets
Proper dental care not only keeps your pet’s teeth and gums strong and healthy, but it also provides countless other health benefits.
- Healthy teeth and gums help promote the proper digestion of food for strengthened gut health.
- Since teeth are strongly connected to other areas of the body such as organs, joints, vertebrae, and the spine, strong dental health also helps provide extra support to those vital areas of the body to keep your pet feeling healthy and full of vitality.
Why Your Pet’s Teeth Need Your Help
What causes plaque and tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth? For dogs, they are ancestors of wolves, and therefore, are built as carnivorous hunters and scavengers. Because of this, dogs are built to only consume small amounts of carbohydrates at a time. Due to this reason, dogs only produce a small amount of salivary amylase in their mouths. Salivary amylase is an enzyme in your dog’s mouth that breaks down carbohydrates. Since many dog kibbles are extremely high in carbohydrates, your dog cannot break down the carbs as quickly as they are consuming them. This leads to plaque and tartar buildup on teeth which then results in bacteria overgrowth and bad breath and, if gone untreated, poor dental health.
All-Natural Pet Safe Dental Products
Fortunately, The Pet Beastro offers many all-natural safe dental products and practices for you to help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy and strong!
Changing your pet’s diet is a great way to help strengthen dental health. Switching from a kibble-based diet to one that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates, such as a raw diet, drastically helps reduce plaque and tartar buildup for healthy teeth and gums. We offer a vast selection of both frozen and freeze-dried premium raw diets for your pet to try! Primal, Northwest Naturals, and Oma’s Pride are just a few of the fan-favorite raw diet brands at The Pet Beastro!
Dental chews are also another great way to keep your pet’s teeth and gums strong and healthy. Here at The Pet Beastro, we offer an array of fantastic all-natural healthy dental treats and chews for your pet to enjoy! Raw meaty marrow-filled bones are the best way to keep your pet’s teeth strong. However, there are many other great alternatives! Animal antlers and sweet potato chews are good single-ingredient alternatives!
Herbsmith Dog Breath Dental Treats are a great way to freshen up your pup’s stinky breath and keep their teeth clean! These tasty treats feature algae, spearmint, and parsley to naturally dissolve plaque and tartar buildup on your dog’s teeth. Sea algae is a fantastic natural supplement to help break down plaque and tartar! Simply feed a treat before bedtime to help your dog’s oral hygiene! No brushing needed!
Earth Animal No-Hide Chews are another great way to treat your dog while promoting good dental health! These all-natural rawhide-free chews feature brown rice and bromelain from pineapple along with various wild game meats for an easily-digestible chew that will keep your dog’s teeth strong and healthy! They are also the perfect way to rid your pet’s boredom and stimulate their body and mind!
Supplements That Support Your Pet’s Teeth
Supplements are another great way to help with your pet’s oral health! At The Pet Beastro, we offer many all-natural dietary supplements to aid with dental health!
Cell Salts are one good way to boost oral health. Calc. Fluor. helps with brittle enamel and sensitive teeth. Calc. Phos. aids with tooth decay and healing bleeding gums. Calc. Sulph helps heal oral ulcers. Ferr. Phos. soothes painful inflamed gums. Kali.Phos. aids toothaches, oral ulcers, and bleeding gums.
Herbs and Vitamins That Help Teeth
For herbs and vitamins, Fennel and Coenzyme Q10 are good for oral health. Fennel is naturally antibacterial and great for gingivitis and bad breath. Coenzyme Q10 contains antioxidant, antibacterial, antitumor, and antiviral properties. Animal Essentials SeaDent is also a great supplement to boost dental health. It features a blend of five plant-based enzymes to naturally dissolve plaque and tartar and freshen breath. We also offer many digestive supplements that will aid with dental health. A healthy gut helps promote a healthy mouth. Animal Essentials Healthy Gut and Daily Digestion are just a couple of our many digestive supplements.
Finally, brushing your pet’s teeth regularly is imperative for good dental health. Try to schedule weekly tooth brushing sessions for your pet to help scrape off plaque and tartar, dislodge food particles, and keep their breath smelling fresh. Routine dental checkups by your veterinarian also ensure that your pet’s dental health is monitored to stay in good condition.
Your pet’s dental health is important every month, 365 days a year! Good dental health is vital to keeping your pet happy and healthy throughout their lives! Stop into The Pet Beastro and we would be happy to help you find the perfect dental product for your fur-baby! Or check out Pet Safe Dental Products online here!