Eliminating Doggy Breath and Preventing Dental Disease
Doggy Breath & Dental Disease
Many of us love Doggy kisses but sometimes doggy breath makes it an unpleasant experience
What causes Doggy Breath?
Bad breath could be a result of digestive problems but much of the time it is a result of poor dental hygiene
We all brush our own teeth daily but according to one study only 7% of dog parents brush their dog’s teeth daily and 80% of dogs will develop some type of dental disease by age 2. A commonly diagnosed problem in dogs is gum disease which can lead to bone loss, loss of teeth, gum infections and can even shorten your dog's life. Left untreated, dental disease may affect the heart, lungs, kidney, and other major organs.
Signs of dental disease in dogs include:
- Red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Blood in water or food bowls
- Thick saliva
- Favoring one side of the mouth
- Dropping food while eating
- Facial swelling
- Rubbing the face with the paws or on the floor
Why your dog’s teeth are so important
Dogs do not have hands as we do so they use multiple types of teeth for multiple tasks including, grasping, lifting, pulling, tearing, grinding, chewing, fighting or defending
Canine teeth that look like pointed fangs are particularly effective for grabbing and tearing food or as a biting defense or offense.
Carnassial are the cheek teeth found in carnivorous animals. They are large and pointy which allows them to shear flesh and bone in a slicing action. Carnassial teeth are the upper fourth premolar and the lower first molar.
Premolars are located behind the canine teeth. The function of the premolar is to hold and cut food into digestible pieces
Molars are located behind the premolars. The function of the premolar is to grind food
Incisors are the small teeth found at the front of a dog’s mouth and are designed for tearing, nibbling, and grooming.
What Veterinarians recommend to prevent Dental disease
🦷 Brushing your dog’s teeth daily with dog toothpaste.
🦷 Booking them for a professional Dental Prophy ( teeth cleaning) yearly. The issue with this is that it’s pricey (In some locations up to $600) and your dog must be anesthetized (render them unconscious) which is not ideal for immune-compromised or elderly dogs
NOTE- There are companies offering ANESTHESIA FREE procedures through Veterinary offices. A dental technician has special holds to secure your dog and then uses dental tools to scrape tartar away followed by a toothbrush with toothpaste. These procedures are quick, more cost-effective (sometimes 40% less), have no recovery time, and are typically safer as they do not require anesthesia but they are not as thorough. Additionally, there are dogs who are not candidates and will not allow their mouths to be touched.
2 Hands-Free ways to reduce Dental Disease
- Healthymouth natural dental water additive is clinically proven to reduce plaque by as much as 76%
- Bully Sticks are ideal as they are a delicious fully digestible treat that can be given daily. Bully Sticks massage gums, remove tartar from teeth, satisfy a dog's instinctual need to chew, and, in one study reduced the number of bacteria on the teeth by 60.92%.
Parsley is a wonderful dog breath freshener as it contains Limonene which helps kill bad bacteria in the mouth. Parsley also contains the following Antioxidants and Vitamins; Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Carotenoids, and B vitamins.
If you completely avoid or neglect your dog’s teeth, they could end up suffering from gum disease and might end up having teeth pulled. If things get really bad from neglect and infections set in your dog might require a Root Canal which can set you back anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000 a tooth and you would end up at a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist whose costs are similar to a human Orthodontist, Oral Surgeon or Prosthodontist.