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Dental Care

Herbal treatments to support dental health, to reduce tartar build up and to help prevent cavities and tooth decay in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

While pets rarely get cavities when feed a diet that is largely free from cavity causing sugars, inferior food brands contain large amounts of sugars and fats, and in either cases, your pet is still prone to tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to serious health problems.

It is estimated that 80% of dogs and cats have some form of dental or gum diseases with the main cause as lack of daily check ups and an at-home dental care program. Tooth extraction is the number 3 reason for surgery in dogs and the number 1 reason for pet insurance claims is periodontal disease=all good reasons to be vigilant about at home preventative care.

Decaying teeth can cause severe pain, bleeding gums, tooth loss, and dental problems as your pet ages. Short term, decaying teeth can compromise organs, including the heart and kidneys and long term decay can cause serious illness heart and kidney disease. Dental care is important in preventing problems such as plaque and gingivitis, and should be part of a regular, at home regimen which includes a healthy diet, daily brushing and weekly check ups of your pet’s mouth and teeth.

Healthy teeth are white and shiny from the gum line to the end of the tooth. Any teeth that are yellow or brown display signs of plaque and calculus build up.

A healthy diet should include hard foods to scrape the teeth as well as holistic dental bones and treats that help remove plague and tartar from the mouth. Also, adding in healthy vegetables such as carrots will provide antioxidant support and an extra layer of protection in delaying dental problems.  

Bad breath is the number one indication that tooth decay is present. Rotting food trapped in teeth combined with saliva create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and the build up of plaque and calculus. Once these conditions develop, your pet is at risk for dental problems.

Plaque

Plaque is formed when food or other debris is not removed and becomes trapped along the gum line. Plaque hardens and becomes tartar just a few days. To prevent this process, brush your pet’s teeth daily or use holistic dental treats.  

Tartar

Tartar forms when plaque combines with minerals found naturally in your pet’s saliva that hardens along the gum line. The gum line becomes irritates and inflamed and puts your pet at risk of developing gum disease, or gingivitis. Once gingivitis develops, tartar must be removed by a veterinarian.

Periodontal Disease

If the tartar is not removed, it will continue to accumulate under and along the gum line. The gums eventually recede, pulling away from the teeth, creating an opening between the teeth and gums, where food is caught, allowing bacteria to grow. As your pet’s gums deteriorate, periodontal disease presents and the damage to the gums and teeth cannot be reversed. Your pet’s teeth will loosen, fall out and your pet will be at risk for developing an abscess.

Some breeds are more susceptible to developing periodontal disease, particularly small breed dogs such as Chihuahuas, Toy poodles and Pomeranians, due to the small size of their mouth. Even when pet owners are vigilant, their teeth are closely spaced to remain clean, debris free, and as a result, plague and tartar can easily develop. 

Symptoms and signs that your pet has teeth or gum problems:

Red, swollen gums

Bleeding gums

Excessive drooling

Blood in drool

Yellow-brown plaque

Tartar at the gum line

Broken or missing teeth

Bad breath

Loss of appetite

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal treatments are used as safe and gentle options to strengthen bone and support dental health, to reduce plague and tartar and dental disease in dogs and cats and are safe, gentle and effective.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Baby Love Bits – (learn more) helps to build, promote and support muscle, joint, bone, cartilage and tendon health, mobility and flexibility, as a powerhouse Probiotic Vitamin B complex, supports the Central Nervous System, stimulates immunity and healthy metabolism, aids digestion and promotes whole body microbial balance, improves liver function and liver health, purifies whole bodily systems, keeps the skin, hair, eyes and mouth healthy, for dental disease, gout, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.

The Daily Paws – (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder, cancer and for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine.

Related Products:

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Kick Start Your Heart – (learn more) is used as a cardio tonic to improve the heart and circulatory systems, to strengthen heart muscles, to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, to support muscle and cell healing for all parts of the body including the brain, to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels, to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic to stimulate alpha brain waves, to promote healthy brain function and for its benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.

Hepa Protect - (learn more) is used to support liver metabolism, bile production and flow, hepatic circulation and immune function, to support the digestive system and healthy liver function by promoting the performance, tone and regulate the health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder and to normalize liver enzyme levels.

Other Suggestions:

Brush daily

Regular daily brushing is an important part of any canine dental care program to prevent dog teeth and gum diseases.

Home exam

While brushing your dog's teeth, look for warning signs of gum disease such as bad breath, and plaque or tartar around the gum line. Pay attention to any pain or sensitivity to touch in the mouth or gums. Look closely for signs of more serious dental problems such as swollen and bleeding gums, loose or missing teeth, etc. Any bumps or masses within the mouth should also be checked by your veterinarian.

Dental Care

Daily brush cleaning is recommended just as in human dental care.

Feed a healthy, holistic, grain-free diet, without corn, wheat, soy, sugar, preservatives and chemicals.

Include fresh vegetables such as broccoli and leafy greens in your dog's diet. Hard raw vegetables such as carrots can be given to your dog regularly as dental treats.

Minerals and vitamins that are good for your dog's teeth include calcium, phosphorus, vitamins C and B complex. One good source of calcium and phosphorus is Brewer's Yeast founding Baby Love Bits. Other great options are All Shins & Grins and The Daily Paws.

Foods rich in calcium include:

Swiss cheese

Cheddar cheese

Kelp

Carob powder

Dark green, leafy vegetables

Collard greens

Foods rich in phosphorus include:

Wheat bran and wheat germ

Squash seeds

Pumpkin seeds

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower nuts

Garlic can also be fed to your adult or senior dog as a dietary supplement, BUT CANNOT BE FED TO PUPPIES OR KITTENS!

Conventional Remedies:

If your dog or cat has developed gingivitis or periodontal disease, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately to have the tartar build-up removed, which will leave your animal’s gums sore, red and inflamed. The best way to handle dental care is to act preventatively on your pet’s behalf over its lifetime.

Typically, your pet will be put under anesthesia, and older and immuno-compromised pets are usually not candidates for this procedure. If for dental work, after which the gums will be very sore and inflamed.

Regular veterinarian dental check ups offer good preventative care as well as conducting at home dental care to detect possible teeth or gum problems early.

 

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