Dog Nutrition Guide | Foods Role in Dog Dental Health
Did you know that around 91% of dogs over the age of three are affected by dental disease? We’re all familiar with dog breath but if your pet’s mouth smells particularly strong or foul, this could be a very telling symptom that something isn’t quite right. It’s easy enough to deal with, so make sure you tackle the problem before it becomes serious – dental diseases (if untreated) can cause problems for the liver, heart and kidneys.
As plaque and tartar builds on your hound’s teeth, bacteria can irritate their gums and lead to infection. The most notable symptoms are bad breath, yellow or brown sludge on the teeth and bleeding or swollen gums.
Yet fear not, as dental dog food offers some solutions! The best dental foods are stamped with the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal, so you can trust that you’re dealing with a high quality, combative food. These foods:
- Contain fibre: to scrape the teeth and help keep them clean
- Use polyphosphate salts: which help stop calcium binding to teeth (the calcium causes tartar). Look for ‘sodium hexametaphosphate’ and ‘tripolyphosphate’ in the list of ingredients
- Have specifically shaped, unique kibble. These require more chewing and so carry out more cleaning
There are also other preventative measures you can try for your pooch:
- Chewing rawhide regularly is excellent for keeping your dog’s smile pearly white as it reduces the build up of plaque
- Brushing teeth three times a week. View our dog toothbrush range here
- Have your dog’s teeth cleaned professionally by the vet on a regular basis
Oral Care food or regular?
Regular foods do little to clean your dog’s teeth, but dependent upon your pup’s oral health, it may only be necessary to supplement their normal meals with our ever-delicious Dentastix. Don’t panic if your pooch loves their wet food, there’s no evidence that indicates that this is more damaging to their teeth than dry kibble.