Dental health is an important factor in keeping your dog happy and healthy. As humans, we are reminded to visit the dentist at least once a year – and if we are honest, we all tend to put it off towards the end of the year. As the year is coming to a close, it is crucial that you not only think about your own dental health, but your pup's as well!
Gum disease in dogs is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting dogs today. It is estimated that by age 2, 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease. Dental diseases in dogs can be silent the majority of the time; and are often found once they have already left their devastation.
We have highlighted a few ways in which you can be proactive about your dog's dental well-being.
Brushing Their Teeth
Brushing your pup's teeth can be a challenge at first, but once you start a routine with them, it becomes easier to manage. The food buildup that dogs experience is similar to humans since food particles will make their way into small crevices. Be sure to use a tooth brush and tooth paste that is gentle for their gums and are specifically made for canines.
Among the many benefits of coconut oil, it is rich in lauric acid, which provides natural antibacterial properties. Adding coconut oil to your dog's food or gently brushing it onto your dog's teeth is a great way to incorporate it into your pup's routine. Dr. Karen Becker recommends feeding 1/4 teaspoon of 100% organic, human-grade, cold-pressed coconut oil for every 10 lb. of body weight, twice a day.
Vet Check Ups
Just like our yearly check ups, checking your dog's dental health once a year is a great way to evaluate what is working and what needs to be done. Veterinarians can offer dental cleaning, x-rays, and surgery if needed.
A quality dog food is also an important factor in keeping your dog healthy. Foods with exorbitant additives, lower quality ingredients, sugars, and high sodium percentages can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Try and feed your dog foods that are all natural, contain ingredients you know and recognize, and use high quality ingredients. Not only will you see the difference in their dental health, but other aspects such as coat, skin, and digestion as well.
Providing toys and all-natural chews that your dog can gnaw on are great for scraping buildup off their teeth. These also provide your pup mental stimulation as another added benefit. Remember to supervise your pets when they are given toys that could create a potential chocking risk factor.