Are you worried about your dogs teeth and dental health? Is plaque and tarter building up on your dogs teeth?
Veterinarians who practice conventional medicine would rather put their faith in nutritionists and other food scientists to solve dental problems. Commercial dog food manufacturers concur, and encourage science that supports this tack. Untold millions have been spent by industry leaders to research and develop “treatment foods” that can help keep canine teeth clean. Most “dental diets” utilize oversize or tougher food substrates to abrade tartar, cleaning it away. Some commercial food manufacturers add a chemical substance (polyphosphate) that can reduce the formation of plaque (in trials, by 9 percent) and tartar (in trials, by 58 percent) to their regular canine diets.
The best candidates for anesthesia-free service Fortunately, some veterinarians now offer anesthesia-free dental cleanings in their clinics, in recognition of the fact that some dogs may be adversely affected by anesthesia, and yet would benefit from dental care. The best candidates include dogs with tartar-encrusted teeth who exhibit any of the following:
Your dog will happily display his choppers when they're tartar-free.
Some other problems associated with dog tartar include:
Tartar in dogs is an extremely common problem. It is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth, which hardens and turns to tartar. Although common, it is not desirable; too much tartar leads to bad breath, gum disease, loss of teeth and a lot of pain and discomfort. There are ways to deal with the tartar without getting bitten or subjecting yourself and your dog to a daily tooth brushing ritual, although brushing your dog’s teeth should be done on a regular basis. One of the best ways to help keep tartar buildup to a minimum is to let your dog do what it does best - chew! Chewing things is not only therapeutic for your dog, but also helps remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth. When a dog develops plaque on its teeth, calcium deposits in its saliva can combine with the plaque and form tartar. Tartar can build up and cause tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss and other medical issues relating to gum disease. Hardened tartar that has built up over time must be removed by a veterinarian who uses specialized tools and anesthesia to put the dog under while the work is performed. To prevent subjecting your dog to this stress, you can apply a few techniques at home to clean and remove tartar buildup on your dog's teeth without the use of a vet.Tartar Shield dental care pet products have been clinically proven to clean your pet’s teeth, freshen their breath, and reduce the build-up of plaque, tartar and gingivitis. Tartar Shield Soft Rawhide Chews, Cat Treats, and Dog Biscuits are tasty, nutritional treats your pet will love while providing the oral care your pet needs.Rub the teeth with a solution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide for stubborn tartar stains. You can also use baking soda, which will oxygenate and help break up tartar stains. The stains can then be brushed away with a toothbrush and dog toothpaste.