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Is Dog Teeth Cleaning Important?
Just as we humans get plaque and tartar build-up on our teeth, so do our loving canine companions. Unlike us however, dogs can't brush twice a day and floss after every meal!
That's where we as responsible owners come in. Regular dog teeth cleaning is as important as for humans, to prevent this build-up of plaque and tartar which can cause a multitude of problems. These include gingivitis, bad breath, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. If you don't take a proactive approach, you are more likely to need to see a vet in the future, which can be much more costly than preventing dental problems.
Picture your dog trying to play fetch with a sore mouth. It doesn't paint a very fun image, does it?
How can I get plaque off my dog's teeth?
Getting plaque off your dog's teeth is not as straightforward as in humans. Nonetheless, you have a few options:
- Using a traditional toothbrush and dog toothpaste
- Using a once a day dental cleaning supplement
- Using dental chewables specifically for cleaning teeth
- Adding dog mouthwash to your dog's drinking water
- Getting professional dog teeth cleaning done
Regularly brushing your dog's teeth with dog-specific toothpaste is an effective ways to remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup. However, not all dogs like this and it can take a significant amount of time and effort from you.
Dental cleaning supplements such as our Organic Pearly Whites powder can be added to your dog's feed either in the morning or evening time. As your dog starts eating its food, the seaweed from this supplement will start to get to work and reduce the plaque and tartar build up. Our unique dental formula for dogs has the best of different types of seaweed, such as a high content of Ascophyllum nodosum.
Dental chews and treats can also be beneficial as they are designed to clean teeth and freshen breath.
Water additives and oral sprays can also be used to promote better oral health.
Last but not least, you could get professional dog teeth cleaning locally. This service either uses a 'scraping' method or is uses ultrasound. It is offered at most vets but it can be quite pricey. It will also need to involve some sort of sedation, or complete anaesthesis.
Natural Dog Teeth Cleaning
Our preferred choice as dog owners has always been a once a day natural dental powder for dogs. Over the last 10 years or so, we have tried various other powders available. However, as we were unhappy with previous formulations, we have decided to create our own. This is a 100% organic formulation which comprises of a unique blend of naturally growing seaweed harvested from parts of the UK. These particular types of seaweed have been copiously studied with regards to their teeth cleaning and other nutritional benefits.
We have ultimately decided that this combination is the best for its hassle free potential in oral health, as well as providing a natural source of vitamins, minerals and iodine! This is essentially how our natural dog teeth powder was born!
Dog Teeth Cleaning Powder - Taking Plaque Off
Keep your dog's teeth clean, fresh, and healthy with our Tri-Dent Dog Teeth Cleaning Powder especially formulated for dogs. This easy-to-use powder features a unique blend of organic seaweeds from the UK, designed to promote superior oral hygiene for your furry friend.
All you have to do is sprinkle it over your dog's food once a day, and the powder will get to work, taking the plaque off, freshening breath, and supporting overall dental health.
Unlike using a dog toothbrush and toothpaste, which can be a hassle, our dental powder makes teeth cleaning a straight forwarad experience.
Trust in nature's best with Pearly Whites Dental Powder — because every dog deserves a sparkling smile 😃 .
Did you know?
Did you know that by the age of three, almost 80% of dogs show some sign of dental disease?
This might seem surprising given how much we humans care for our dogs, but dental health and regular teeth hygiene often falls under the radar for many pet owners.
This makes it one of the most common, yet overlooked, health issues in dogs. These statistics underscore the importance of dental hygiene products or vet check ups to prevent a small problem from becoming much bigger. It's a gentle reminder that those adorable puppy teeth need as much care as the wagging tail or the floppy ears.
Understanding Your Dog's Oral Health
Dog dental anatomy may be slightly different from ours, but it's no less important. While most human adults have 32 teeth, dogs have 42 teeth, and each one can be susceptible to dental problems if not properly cared for. The extra number of teeth also means that potentially even more attentive care is needed and cleaning all of them properly is even more challenging.
Periodontal (gum related) disease, caused by plaque and tartar build-up, is the most common dental issue in dogs. This is the most common cause of bad breath, painful chewing, and even tooth loss. Taking the plaque away for dogs should therefore solve all these problems.
In severe cases, if the oral health is particulart impacted, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and spread to affect the heart, liver, and kidneys. This is what is known as bacteraemia and unfortunately it comes with a high mortality rate.
Recognizing the signs of dental disease in dogs is crucial to their health and the earlier you start preventing dental problems, the better.
If your dog has bad breath, discolored teeth, or changes in eating or chewing habits, these could be signs of dental problems. Swollen or bleeding gums, drooling, and dropping food from the mouth are also more serious signs that your dog may need immediate attention from a vet.
Importance of Regular Teeth Cleaning for Dogs
Don't under estimate the importance of regular teeth cleaning in dogs. Whichever method you feel comfortable with, do make sure that you at least consider it and check your dog's gums and dentition regularly to avoid any extensive problems later on.
Remember that even straight forward regular teeth cleaning such as specially formulated dog teeth cleaning powder, treats or mouthwash can help prevent the build-up of plaque, thus avoiding the onset of periodontal disease.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Ultrasonic dog teeth cleaning
Ultrasonic teeth cleaning is an advanced method used by specially trained vets. The cleaning process involves using a special device that emits ultrasonic waves (higher frequency sound waves) to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the teeth and gums.
The cleaning method is also known as a "silent" cleaning method because the frequency of the sound waves is not noticeable to the human ear.
In terms of its effectiveness, it is highly effective and can reach all the areas including below the gum line and into the smallest crevices between teeth.
The procedure is usually performed under anesthesia to ensure the dog's comfort and allow for a more thorough cleaning.
Professional Dog Teeth Scraping
Scraping, or scaling, is the traditional method used to clean a dog's teeth. Your dog's ancestors will have had their teeth cleaned this way.. if that. Once again, for this, sedation or full anaesthesia is required and the process can take longer than using ultrasound. This can still clean bothbelow and above the gum line, but both above and below the gum line.
This process involves using a dental scaler to manually remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth. The scaler is a hook like instrument, that literally scrapes off any build up on the teeth.
Following the removal of the plaque, a process called polishing can be performed which smoothens the teeth surface, and makes it more difficult for bacteria to adhere.