You ever notice how your pets are always chewing on something. They use their teeth to eat, play, defend, and grab things (since they don't have opposable thumbs). Keeping teeth healthy is critical to their quality of life and should be a top priority.
And yet, 75% percent of dogs and cats over the age of three have dental disease and that number is growing. -Banfield Animal Hospital 2014 Pet Health Report
In the past, we have been told that "kibble cleans their teeth". We know that's simply not true - it's like saying cookies clean teeth. The kibble CAUSES dental disease. Think about it..... if you ate a biscuit on one side of your mouth and an apple on the other side, which side do you think would have more debris and starchy residue? Kibble crumbs get lodged between teeth and under the gums and become a breeding ground for bacteria that cause gingivitis and plaque which over time can develop into serious periodontal disease.
We have also been told to take our pets to the vet for regular cleanings. This comes at a cost of $300+ per cleaning and a serious risk to your pet because most cleanings have to be done under anesthesia. And the cost of treating dental disease is even higher. Furthermore, studies show oral inflammation and infection can create disease in other parts of the body, including the heart.
Ensuring Dental Health
So what can you do? We have compiled a list of resarouces to help you develop a great plan to ensure optimal oral health for your pet. Some basic strategies for maintaining great oral health should include:
- A diet that is low in starchy foods and that maintains the acidic pH levels in your pets mouth.
- Regular chewing on bones, sticks or other natural chews (please check ingredients before giving a chew to your pet)
- Regularly brush their teeth with coconut oil or natural toothpaste
Articles About Natural Pet Health
- Pet Dental Health by Dr. Karen Becker
- 6 Reasons Why Kibble Does Not Clean Your Cats Teeth by Anita Kelsey
- Did You Know That Most Dogs and Cats Over the Age of 3 Have Dental Disease by Dr. Karen Becker
Studies on Oral Health
- Chewing Bones Improves Dental Health for Dogs
- Probiotics: Several common strains of probiotics reduce harmful bacteria that cause bad breath, periodontitis and cavities
If you'd like to learn how to feed fresh food to your pet or need help switching them to a real food diet, check out our ONLINE FEEDING GUIDE (select the Complete Guide to get a customized guide for your pet)