By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)
I am often quizzed: “Do you brush Bailey’s teeth? He has such nice, clean teeth!” Well, the answer is no. I prefer to maintain his oral cleanliness and health in a more natural way and not have to brush his teeth or even send him for descaling. As they say, dental health can affect a dog’s overall health. Oral and dental hygiene is key in keeping your furkid healthy.
Diet and supplements can make a difference in keeping this aspect in check. Let’s touch on how diet, nutrition and supplements are essential for oral dental health.
For a start, kibbles are not good for dental health. Many are misled into thinking that kibbles help to clean the teeth but in fact, kibble and other heavily processed foods actually contain pro-inflammatory ingredients that fuel inflammation and disease.
Instead, opt for products that will help in your dog’s oral hygiene. Below are some choices:
RAW MEATY BONES
Raw meaty bones provide an active chewing and gum advantage. Try not to give your furkids cooked bones as it is brittle and can splinter when chewed on. Consuming cooked bones also presents a higher risk of damaging tissues and teeth with small and thin bones more likely to cause broken teeth than marrow bones. The reason for this, if you have noticed, is they usually use the back of the mouth and teeth, much like how they would chew on large and bulky toys.
Oxidative stress contributes to free-radical damage to the body’s cells and tissues. Hence, antioxidants play an important role in your dog’s dental health. Astaxanthin, which is a super antioxidant, is now readily available as part of your dog’s diet through Astamate (add hyperlink here). This product is highly protective against free radicals and reducing oxidative stress
Fighting periodontal inflammation is what fatty acid supplements does. Omega-3 fatty acids are great for coat, skin and joints. They are also beneficial for supporting oral health, heart, kidney and brain health.
One of the key supplements in any dog’s diet is probiotics. Gastro-intestinal tract health is essential especially for dogs who have consumed antibiotics and steroids during their lifetime since probiotics act to repair gut health and boost the immune system. Give a daily dosage or consume on alternative days; rubbing some on the gums can help improve oral health too.
Paying attention to your furkid’s oral health and teeth wellness is an important aspect of your dog’s overall wellness. Healthy teeth and gums ultimately improve the quality of life, vitality and prevention of disease.
About the author:
Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden