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How to Prevent Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats

How to Prevent Dental Disease in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help support dental health, to help reduce plague and tartar and may help reduce the incidence of dental disease in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a significant role in the health of teeth, gums and mouth health, and is intrinsically linked to a well-functioning immune system. Nutrition also impacts major organs in the body, including the heart, liver and kidneys. Plant botanicals can help build bone and connective tissue support, help keep teeth, gums and mouth tissues healthy and disease free, help counteract free radical scavenging, and help deliver vital nutrients to the animal body to help support proper organ function, nutrient assimilation, blood and lymphatic cleansing and waste elimination. 

Dog and cat dental care is important in preventing dental problems such as plaque and gingivitis, and should include a healthy diet, daily brushing and regular check-up. Many pet parents do not know that dental disease can adversely affect the heart, liver and kidneys and affect digestion. A simple daily, at home dental program can help ensure that your pets have strong and healthy teeth, and help your pet avoid gum disease.

Do you know that approximately 80% of dogs and cats have some form of dental or gum disease that could likely be prevented or reduced with a regular dental care program? Tooth extraction is the number 3 reason for surgery in dog, while periodontal disease ranks as the primary reason for dental claims filed. 

Regular dental care is important in preventing dental problems such as plaque and gingivitis, and daily (or weekly) brushing should be combined with regular dental check-ups. Organs negatively affected by dental disease may also restrict nutrient assimilation in dogs and cats, further opening the door for disease susceptibility. 

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

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

Helpful Suggestions:

Brush your pet's teeth weekly to help prevent tartar and plaque build up and to help prevent dental disease. If your pet is familiar with brushing, daily brushing is even better.

Do a weekly physical exam of the gums and teeth. Bad breath can be an indicator of gum disease.

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

Give your pet fresh, filtered water daily

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

Supplement with minerals and vitamins that are good for your pet's teeth including calcium, phosphorus, vitamins C and B complex, which are all included in the supplements mentioned below

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

Red, swollen gums

Bleeding gums

Eating from one side of the mouth (can be an indication)

Pain when eating

Yellow brown plaque visible on teeth

Tartar at the gum line

Broken teeth

Missing teeth

Excessive drooling

Blood in drool

Bad breath

Loss of appetite

Common dental problems include: 

Plaque: Plaque forms when food or other debris is not removed and becomes trapped along the gum line. Plaque can harden and become tartar in 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 hardens along the gum line. The gum line becomes inflamed, putting your pet at risk for gum disease or gingivitis. Once gingivitis develops, tartar must be removed by a veterinarian.

Gingivitis: Inflammation of the gums and a form of periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease:  aWhen tartar accumulates under and along the gum lines, the gums eventually recede, and pull away from the teeth. This creates an opening between the teeth and gums which allows food to accumulate and bacteria to grow. As the gums deteriorate, periodontal disease presents causing irreversible damage to the gums and teeth. Periodontal disease will cause your pet's teeth to loosen, fall out and 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, Pomeranians, as well as all breeds of cats, due to the small size of their mouth. Teeth that are closely spaced together may be at greater risk of harboring food and bacteria, which can contribute to plague and tartar build up.   

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal nutrition is used to help strengthen bone and support dental health; to help reduce plague and tartar and some herbs can be applied to teeth and at the gum line for their effect on helping remove build up; to help nutritionally support the animal body to work against dental disease and bone degeneration and may help promote collagen building and restoration to oral care. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) is used holistically to be applied to dental plague and tartar build up and removal; to help support healthy teeth, gums and mouth; is naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal and antibiotic; helps promote healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may  help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion; may help to fight off allergies and infections.

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; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis) as well as eye and teeth health (important for macular degeneration and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Baby Love Bits – (learn more) is used holistically to help build, promote and support muscle, joint, bone, cartilage and tendon health, mobility and flexibility; as a powerhouse Probiotic Vitamin B complex; helps prevent against flea and tick infestations; 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 and to help counteract gum and tooth decay; to help address, gout, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD); for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.




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