May 09, 2022 3 min read

Pet owners often don’t think about their pet’s dental health, until they start to see signs of gum or tooth issues. It’s best to take apreventative approach to your pet’s dental health as it’s not just yellow teeth and bad breath that we should be looking to prevent. Canine dental problems can actually lead to severe infections and issues including heart, liver, and kidney disease.

Feeding your dog a raw diet has great benefits for their oral health.Raw meat provides a rich source of minerals, calcium, phosphorus & protein as well as “good” bacteria that helps to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.Raw food is also less likely to stick in and to their teeth like processed kibbles that are high in starches causing additional buildup.

So how do we take care of our dog’s dental health? We’re listing our top recommendations for canine dental care. 

TEETH BRUSHING

Though a challenge for some dog owners, it is recommended to brush your dog’s teeth 2-3 times a week (more if possible!) with a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs. (NOTE: DO NOT USE REGULAR TOOTHPASTE). It’s always best to introduce this practice when your dog is a puppy so that they get exposed to this routine at an early age. 

Despite your best efforts, it may be difficult to brush properly or to the extent required. Your vet or local groomer will often offer in-depth dental cleanings where they scale plaque and tartar, clean the gum line, and polish the teeth. Depending on the size of your dog, this may be required 1-2 times per year. 

DENTAL TOYS  & TREATS

There are lots of great dental toys on the market that are designed to scrub the teeth and gums as your dog chews and plays. This can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup on your dog’s teeth. Some of these toys are designed to reach even the furthest corners of your dog’s mouth. 

Stay clear of “dental treats” that can be ineffective and loaded with artificial preservatives and starches. If you have the option, raw meaty bones are a better alternative.  

RAW MEATY BONES

Raw meaty bones are great for your dog’s teeth and breath. Theycontain lots of beneficial nutrients including calcium and phosphorus which is key for maintaining strong teeth, bones and muscles. Besides this, the activity of chewing the meaty bone itself will strengthen, scrape and clean their teeth. 

Raw meaty bone tips:

  1. Feed the right size bones. Some bones can be a choking hazard for your pets, so make sure you're providing your dog with the right size bone for their size. 
  2. Always supervise your dog when chewing bones. 
  3. You can offer bones as a meal replacement, meal add-on, or treat a few times a week!

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WHEN TO SEE A VET

If your pet is experiencing issues with their teeth, please see your veterinarian. Some signs and symptoms of a dental issue could be....

  • Extreme bad breath
  • Change in eating or dog chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face or mouth or other signs of pain
  • Excessive drooling
  • Red, swollen, painful or bleeding gums
  • Yellowish-brown tartar crust along the gum line
  • Bumps or growths within the mouth
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