There are a lot of myths surrounding the care of a dog’s teeth.
A number of these myths are based around marketing campaigns led by pet food companies in order to sell products.
So, it’s important to recognize the truth when caring for your pooch’s teeth.
Here are some of the most common myths associated with oral care for dogs and cats/ Plus, learn what’s good, what’s bad and the health problems associated with ignoring your dog’s oral care.
I also did an article on the product that I use for my own dogs. You can read more on that here.
1. Dry Food and Dog Treats Clean the Teeth
There’s not a dentist in the world that would tell you that crunching down on a bit of granola would clean your teeth. Much in the same way, nobody with any sense will tell you that having your dog crunch down on rawhide, dry dog food or crunchy pet treats will help clean your dog’s teeth.
While it’s true that soft or wet foods lead to more plaque buildup, it’s also true that dry dog foods DO NOT protect your pet’s mouth. Plaque can only be removed through proper dental hygiene and crunchy kibble just doesn’t cut it, especially near the gum line where it really matters.
2. Pet Dental Hygiene Isn’t Important
There is a belief out there that cleaning a dog’s teeth simply isn’t that important. But the American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that more than 80 percent of dogs will develop gum disease before the age of three. This is important to know, especially since most dogs eat a dry dog food diet. Put two and two together. KIBBLE DOES NOT CLEAN YOUR DOG’S TEETH!
It’s estimated that about two-thirds of owners do not maintain their pets teeth. Because plaque and tartar buildup can lead to such problems as gum disease, periodontal disease, gingivitis, and even abcesses, your pet can experience some serious mouth pain.
3. Bad Breath Is a Signal That You’re Not Properly Caring for Your Dog’s Teeth
Again, your pet can experience some serious dental pain if the teeth aren’t taken care of properly. Halitosis (bad breath) may be a significant issue, but it’s really the least of the problems that can impact your dog’s mouth.
Dogs are particularly vulnerable to tooth fractures, for one. Any untreated fractures can develop into abcesses or can even decompose in the mouth. Dogs can also experience infections in the roots of teeth, which can loosen the tooth and actually erode the socket.
What’s more, bacteria can enter the body through abcessed teeth and open sores in the mouth. When this happens, dogs can develop heart problems and diabetes which can be extremely serious for your dog.
Don’t allow this to happen!
4. Gum Disease Has Obvious Symptoms
There are obvious symptoms associated with gum disease. However, many pet owners simply don’t pay any attention to their dog’s teeth to notice gum disease.
This is troubling to me. It literally takes minutes to check out your dog’s mouth and another few minutes to brush and care for his or her teeth. If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, then chances are he most likely has periodontal issues or some other form of oral disease, which is the leading health problem facing dogs today.
Here’s what to look for:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Discolored teeth
- Broken teeth
- Bad breath
Pets have a survival instinct that can’t be denied, which means that they’ll eat even when they’re in significant pain.
So, don’t think that just because your dog or cat is eating that everything’s okay. It breaks my heart when I see a dog suffering with oral decay. I know how painful this is for the dog and the sad thing is, it doesn’t have to be.
You should routinely check the inside of your dog’s mouth. You should lift the lips in the front and the back of the mouth and closely look at the molars in the back and checking all the teeth moving from back to front. Look closely at the molars and look for discoloration of brown, grey or black on any of the teeth. Look for any lumps or abscesses.
Using tissue, lightly press on the gums closest to the tooth to see if any blood appears on the tissue. This will tell if your dog has periodontal disease. Keep in mind that it’s extremely unhealthy to swallow blood and if your dog has periodontal disease; he is swallowing blood.
Ignore all the B.S. that kibble, dog treats, cookies and rawhide clean the teeth. The only type of food that cleans a dog’s teeth is raw feeding.
But, please don’t go running to the supermarket for a package of raw meat, that’s not going to do the trick. There’s a process involved in feeding raw, but dogs that eat this type of diet, naturally have beautiful teeth.
Don’t ignore your dog’s teeth. Starting now, make a commitment to care for your best friend’s teeth on a regular basis.
If interested, this link will take you directly to the product that I use for my own dogs! It’s easy and guaranteed to work if you use it faithfully for a month as directed.