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You’ve got the walks down pat. You’re a bona-fide belly rubber. But there’s one important aspect of dog ownership you could be neglecting: your pet’s oral hygiene.
Taking care of your dog’s dental health goes way beyond fresh breath.
It’s the best way to avoid periodontal disease, a painful – yet entirely preventable – oral health condition that 80% of dogs already have by age 3.
Did you know? When you take care of your dog’s oral health, you could add 2-5 years to your pet’s life.
For dog owners who fear the toothbrush or the time it would take to adopt a dog dental routine, here’s good news: there are easy solutions!
At-home oral care is the best way to prevent your dog from getting dangerous periodontal disease (gum disease).
Known as the “silent killer of pets,” periodontal disease causes the gums to separate from the teeth. This results in pain (which your dog can’t tell you about), tooth loss and bad breath.
Periodontal disease also causes bacteria to enter the bloodstream through the mouth. This can damage your dog’s vital organs and take 2-5 years off your pet’s life.
How does periodontal disease start? With plaque. Plaque is the clear, sticky stuff that forms on your dog’s teeth after every meal he eats.
When plaque is left to build up, it eventually becomes rock-hard tartar. This forms a rough surface for bacteria to grow and multiply until the gums become inflamed and periodontal disease sets in.
As you embark down the path of dog home dental care, you’ll want to be familiar with what’s normal and what isn’t when it comes to your pet’s mouth and breath. Here are 2 quick tests to do on a regular basis.
Many owners think bad dog breath is normal. IT ISN’T. While your dog’s breath shouldn’t smell like a bouquet of roses, it definitely shouldn’t smell bad … you know, the kind of bad that makes you want to hold your breath or turn your head away. Bad breath is often the first warning sign of periodontal disease.
Take a good look at your pet’s teeth and gums. The gums should be pink, not white or red, and free of any signs of swelling. The teeth should be clean, with no brownish tartar.
#1. Chew Toys
If you’ve ever had your TV remote chewed to pieces, you know the obvious perks of giving your dog his own things to chew on.
Here’s another benefit: a good chew can scrape away plaque. Plaque is the main culprit of bad dog breath. It’s also the sticky stuff that hardens into tartar, leading to periodontal disease. Consistency is important. To make a difference in your dog’s dental health, your dog should have an appropriate toy or treat to chew on every day.
Check out the Canine Journal’s review of the best dental chews.
What to Look for in Chew Toys & Treats:
#2. Scrap Certain Table Scraps
Your pet has the puppy-dog look down to a science … which could mean you often give in to his table-scrap demands.
If you feed your pet table scraps, try to go easy on the meat and dairy ones.
These two food groups are the biggest culprits for increasing plaque and tartar buildup.
#3: Give Your Dog Oxyfresh Dental Care Products
Oxyfresh, a trusted name in dog dental care products for 175+ dog years, (30+ human years) has three easy and effective oral care products to make pet home dental care a breeze.
Oxyfresh Pet Dental Water Additive
This tasteless, odorless solution is the most convenient and effective way to get rid of bad dog breath, promote healthy gums, and keep plaque from sticking to your dog’s teeth. No tooth brushing! Just add 1 capful of Pet Dental Water Additive into your dog’s drinking water each day. That’s it!
Pet Dental Water Additive is non-toxic to people and pets, USA-made and recommended by thousands of veterinarians and pet owners as a no-brush solution for excellent dog oral care. More information...
Oxyfresh Pet Gel
This Pet Dental Gel Toothpaste does it all: freshens the breath, soothes inflamed gums, and helps neutralize bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. So easy to use: simply rub into the gum line. Of course, if you do want to venture into the world of tooth brushing, Oxyfresh Pet Dental Gel is the perfect choice. Tasteless, odorless and non-toxic. More information...
Oxyfresh Pet Dental Spray
This is a convenient, on-the-go fresh breath solution for busy dog parents. Formulated with a blend of Oxygene® and zinc, this alcohol-free spray freshens the breath, helps prevent periodontal disease and boosts overall oral health. Just spray and go! More information...
All of us dog lovers here at Oxyfresh often get asked the same question: How do your dog dental care products work so well at keeping plaque and bad dog breath at bay?
It’s not magic. It’s science.
Oxygene® is our powerful, safe, non-toxic, odorless and flavorless ingredient that you won’t find anywhere else. It neutralizes Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs) on contact … the rotten-smelling bacterial by-products responsible for bad breath.
When Oxygene® comes in contact with VSCs (odor-causing) molecules, it oxidizes them and converts them into sulfite ions (odor-free).
At the same time, Oxygene® helps prevent plaque buildup and periodontal disease. More information...
The result? Your dog will have healthier teeth, healthier gums and kissably-close fresh breath.
Best of all, when you add Oxyfresh dog oral care products to your daily routine, you could add 2-5 years to your dog’s life. (Now THAT’S cause for a celebratory belly rub!)
Oxyfresh has complete confidence in the excellence of its products.
That’s why we offer a 100% money-back guarantee (minus the cost of shipping) within 30 days of purchase if you’re not happy.