Coming home from a long day of work is made even better when you are greeted by your four legged friend. But all too often that greeting, full of wonderful kisses and cuddles, is also accompanied by terrible breathe. Regular teeth brushing with bentonite clay can help keep your pet healthy and reduce bad breath.
Preventing Periodontal Disease in Dogs
Periodontal disease is the second most common disease affecting dogs. Surprisingly, the number one disease is obesity, but we’ll cover that next month.
Dental disease is preventable with cleanings, regular brushing, and plenty of chew toys.
Prevention is key as the toxic effects of dental infection and gum inflammation can lead to big health concerns such as heart, kidney, and liver problems.
Incorporating bentonite clay is a useful way to keep your pets healthy. Animals in the wild have been bred by nature to seek out mineralized clay for their own health and healing for thousands of years. Earth’s Natural®’s pure calcium bentonite clay (Animin) can be used internally and/or externally by all species.
Two Step Dental Health Check for Dogs
It takes less than two minutes to check on your dogs dental health.
The two step check for periodontal health for your pooch starts with the breath test. Your pet’s breath won’t be minty fresh, but shouldn’t be overly offensive either. If bad breath is accompanied by loss of appetite, vomiting, or excessive water consumption, it’s time to make an appointment to see your vet.
The second part of the two step check is the visual part. For this test, stand in front of your pet and lift up the lips to expose the teeth and gums. The teeth should be clean and free of brown tartar build up. The gums should be a soft pink, not red and not white. Also check for any signs of swelling.
If you see signs of concern, please consult your veterinarian for treatment options.
Tooth Brushing Technique for Pets
Just as with humans, there is a specific technique for properly brushing your dog’s teeth.
There are special toothbrushes with extra soft bristle designed especially for dogs. If you don’t already own one, you can opt to brush your pet’s teeth with clean gauze wrapped around your finger.
For toothpaste, it is especially important that you do not use any toothpaste designed for humans on your pet. Instead, try the all natural recipe for Doggie Toothpaste below. The bentonite clay and baking soda act as a mild abrasive to clean away tartar and mineralize teeth.
Natural Dog Toothpaste
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 – 1/2 teaspoon purified water or beef broth (for flavor)
Mix all ingredients together adding water or beef broth until it forms a paste. Use a pea sized amount for each cleaning session.At a 45 degree angle, clean the teeth by making small circles around each tooth using your gauze-wrapped finger or doggie toothbrush. Aim to brush your pets teeth 3 times per week. Here are a few tips for optimal brushing:
- Go all the way around the mouth, lifting the lips as necessary.
- With little tartar accumulating on the inside of the teeth, this area can be skipped if you pet resists.
- Do take an extra moment to also wipe the insides of the cheeks.
- Do not under any circumstances give your pet toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride can be fatal to all animals if ingested.