Pet owners routinely ignore one of the most important things they can do for the health of their dogs and that is to brush their teeth on a regular basis using the right toothpaste or gel. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, up to 80% of dogs suffer from periodontal disease before they reach the age of 3. Not only does periodontal disease cause dental health problems, but it can also result in a number of other serious health risks as well. This is because plaque builds up on your dog’s teeth without regular brushing. That plaque can then break off and become absorbed into your pet’s bloodstream. This can cause blocked arteries, heart disease and problems with your pet’s kidneys.
While it was not that long ago that the idea of brushing your dog’s teeth was practically unheard of, the idea has begun to gain some popularity as more people learn of the benefits associated with brushing their pet’s teeth. Even so, most pet owners still do not brush their dog’s teeth regularly enough and they do not use the right product. There are several elements you need to be on the lookout for when searching for the right toothpaste for your dog.
First, is important to make sure you find a product that is all natural so that it will be safe when swallowed. Let’s face it, your dog isn’t going to rinse and spit the way we do when we are finished brushing our teeth! You should never use human toothpaste for your dog. Take a quick look on the back of your toothpaste and you will probably find a warning statement indicating that the toothpaste should not be ingested. Why do you think that is? It is because most toothpaste products for humans contain soap. Soap results in foam. The foam is added to human toothpaste products because we have a tendency to think that the foam is an indication of the cleaning power of the toothpaste. While there is no reality in this, it is an important marketing strategy. Your dog doesn’t care whether his toothpaste foams or not. The right toothpaste product for your dog should be specifically designed for him and will not contain any soap. As a result, it will not foam up and your pet can safely swallow it.
Besides making sure that your dog’s toothpaste does not contain anything toxic that would be dangerous to swallow, it is also important to make sure that it contains the right blend of all natural ingredients and herbs. The toothpaste you choose for your dog will only be as effective and beneficial as the ingredients it contains. That makes sense, right?
Look for a product that contains a combination of herbs like Echinacia root, prickly ash bark and myrrh and natural aloe. How do these ingredients benefit your dog? First, they clean and protect your dog’s teeth by helping to fight plaque and tartar build-up. Specifically, they work to fight against the bacteria that can cause bad breath while reducing the risk for gingivitis. In fact, myrrh acts as an excellent all natural antiseptic for all kinds of sores and wounds, especially those in the mouth. Prickly ash bark increases the production of saliva in your dog’s mouth to reduce bacteria and bad breath. Echinacea is an important antimicrobial agent that decreases pus and the breakdown of tissue.
Choosing the right herbal toothpaste or gel is essential to your pet’s overall health. Some studies have even found that by improving your dog’s oral hygiene you can actually add years to his life.