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Natural Dental Health for Dogs

7 CommentsWednesday, 24 May 2017  |  Kate

Dental hygiene is as important for our pets as it is for us, neglecting your dog's oral health can lead to serious problems if you don't keep on top of it. Periodontal disease (gingivitis) affects dogs and cats in the same way that it affects us but the major drawback is that it's five times more common in dogs than humans.

Don't neglect your dog's dental health

If a dog doesn't get regular dental care then plaque can build up, eventually leading to gum disease which in turn can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Common signs that a dog has periodontal disease are: bad breath, swollen and/or bleeding gums, plaque build-up, tartar build-up, irregular gum lines, chewing difficulties, extreme salivation, loose teeth, hesitance to eating, and pain. 

Dogs hide pain very well

Owners usually won't notice that their dog is in pain when they are suffering from dental problems however because evolution has made canines hide their pain i.e. to show no weakness. This is why it's important to look after your dog's oral hygiene.

Usually the biggest problem that most dogs will face is gum disease, only 20% of dogs over 3 years do not have periodontal disease. Unfortunately some dogs may also suffer from broken or fractured teeth.

How to prevent tooth decay in dogs

High quality food will go a long way to helping your dog's teeth. A poor quality diet won't be beneficial for your dog's health so try to give them the best food you can.

Despite thoughts to the contrary feeding a dog dried food, kibble, will not go any way to keeping their teeth clean. If it did Oral B would be flogging us humans digestives! Good healthy dog treats - Soopa Kale and Apple Dental Sticks for instance can help move stuff about but nothing beats a good supplement specifically targeted at killing the bacteria which causes plaque and tartar to build up on your dog’s teeth, or better still, daily brushing.

Daily brushing is the best way to fight plaque and maintain dental hygiene. When a vet cleans a dog's teeth it is performed under general anaesthetic so you'd want to avoid it by not letting plaque build up in the first place. Arm & Hammer make an antibacterial tooth cleaner using colloidal silver that you place over your finger and clean your dog's teeth with, the colloidal silver provides effective plaque removal and antibacterial protection.

Healthy Dental Treats - NEVER use Dentastix

Healthy dog treats can go a long way to helping a dog's dental hygiene. They can provide hours of chewing pleasure for your dog while helping to freshen breath and clean their teeth. Try Guru Dentle bones, Yakers hard chews or Nelsons Plaque Crackers. All great ingredients your dog can utilise, unlike Pedigree Dentastix which contains animal and meat derivatives, no good for dogs with allergies or a food intolerance, and also contains artificial preservatives and flavours. They also smell horrible, reminding me of household cleaning fluids. 

Supplements which prevent gum disease and keep teeth clean

CSJ's Seaweed & Parsley is a natural product designed to be sprinkled on your dog's dinner. Given regularly it will break down plaque and stop more from building up, which in turn will help to eliminate bad breath and maintain oral health. 

Save more than 80% on daily dental care simply by switching.

Seaweed and ParsleyA year’s worth of Dentastix for a medium dog compared to a year’s worth of Seaweed & Parsley.
  • One Dentastix per day (as recommended by Pedigree) will cost you £100 per year for a medium sized dog.
  • One tiny scoop of CSJs Seaweed & Parsley will set you back £19.50. 
  • Not only that, the supplement actually works, killing the bacteria which causes plaque in the first place.

Irene Hayes
Monday, 7 July 2014  |  11:37

As a dog groomer I see dogs teeth on a regular basis and would love to stock natural products which will help in the fight against tooth plague and loss

Tuesday, 26 August 2014  |  9:41

Hi Irene

I recommend stocking CSJ Seaweed & Parsley. It's brilliant stuff and a pot will last a small dog at least a year.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017  |  0:46

This post hit very close to home. I recently discovered that my dog has been experiencing some tooth pain, and Iíve been looking for a natural remedy to reverse &/or relieve some of the damage done. Thanks for your recommendation!

Lee Mannering
Thursday, 22 March 2018  |  15:08

My Frenchie has a return of demodex mange. I have been treating her with neem oil mixed with zinc cream and caster oil. It is helping a bit but not enough to stop her chewing and scratching. Recommendations please

Thursday, 29 March 2018  |  9:16

Hi Lee

You want to wash her with Skinny Shampoo from My Itchy Dog. Leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse. Do this once then see how it is. You might need to repeat it a couple of times in the week but then it should be gone.

Use the neem oil cream you've made in between washes on any bites or sore patches.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018  |  8:31

I am ashamed to say I have been allowing our ESS to have dentastix by Pedigree!! Yes I am very sorry. Anyway I would like something that she can have each day to chew on. It is more of a routine that we have and she likes to chew on something in the morning and although the dentastix are awful, they have helped with cleaning her teeth. Any advice?

Thursday, 29 November 2018  |  11:40

Hi Pippa

I would definitely recommend Seaweed and Parsley for dental health but if you want something for him to chew on, look at the Whimzees Vegetable chews. They've got the same shape but they're a much healthier alternative.