By now most dog owners realize the importance of healthy teeth and gums. Although some may not realize that an infection in the gums (gingivitis) also release bacteria into the bloodstream and can cause serious heart, lung, liver and kidney damage resulting in death. And as in humans, dogs may have loose teeth due to bone loss.
Canine dental care is not a completely new idea. Herbs have been eaten by dogs and applied by masters who understood the importance of dental health and the affect of certain herbs. Herbs help encourage healing. There are many books available for those who want to keep their dogs dental health at optimal level at home. A few of these herbs used for canine dental health are Goldenseal, myrrh, Oregon grape as they are natural antiseptics and cause new gum tissue to grow. Echinacea also helps with infections. Calendula will heal wounds and can even stop bleeding gums. And Aloe, the wonder herb, is soothing to inflamed gums and assists in healing.
If your dog will allow you to get a small, soft brush in their mouth, a mixture of 1 cup of water with ground Vitamin C works wonders. As we know Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps fight off bacteria in the mouth.
There are many products claiming to be natural ProDentim Reviews and effective in curing gingivitis and periodontal disease. However studies are available the target the products that are worth spending your money on.
- Leba III spray really does remove tartar and plaque by stimulating natural enzymes in the dog’s saliva.
- Plaque Off by ProDen, is a seaweed powder and studies show Plaques off can reduce plaque significantly when added to dogs’ food, whether wet or dry.
- PetzLife Oral Sp;ray is completely natural and kills bacteria on contact and should help eradicate plaque and tartar.
- \Petz Life also comes in a gel made of a blend of grapefruit seed extract, natural herbs, plus wild salmon oil to entice the dog to cooperate. It mixes with the dogs’ saliva, coating teeth and kills bacteria and will not remove, per se, but loosen plaque and tartar from the teeth.
Throughout history dogs gnawed on bones and ate some bones to help clean tartar from teeth. But in the wild, bones are raw. Cooked bones splinter easily and veterinarians have had to move splinter from between teeth and even stabbed down into the jaw bone requiring a trip to the veterinarian. To use bones, always use raw, large knuckle bones and always keep an eye on them. They should not eat bones unsupervised as bones can get caught in the throat as well.