10 Tips for Optimal Dental Health
1. Good dental care, which includes care of your whole animal will add many quality years to your pet’s life and is an investment which is well worthwhile. It’s never too late to start!
2. Bad breath, red gums, the avoidance of harder foods, repetitive lip licking, drooling, weight loss, increased drinking and lethargy may mean that your pet has dental issues.
3. Sore teeth and gums can lead to other health issues like a weakened immune system, heart and kidney disease.
4. When dogs and cats eat a healthy well-balanced diet containing fresh raw meat and RAW bones (cooked bones shatter and splinter) of the right size from a young age, dental disease isles commonly seen at Holistic Vets.
5. Mechanical cleaning of teeth, facilitated by pets chewing on fresh RAW bones, special toys or even tooth brushing, is one component of dental care.
6. The other component is a well balanced diet with the right nutrients so that minerals in saliva are available to maintain and repair teeth and the mouth environment is inhospitable for the proliferation of pathological (disease causing) bacteria.
7. Optimal amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants are a powerful support for the immune system and can help to prevent dental disease and improve health and vitality.
8. Kelp (ascophylum) as a supplement in your pets diet improves oral care with its immunostimulatory and anti-inflammatory actions. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties helping to support health and well-being.
9. Celery oil has anti-oxidant properties and can help to soothe physical discomfort, support healthy digestion and improve bad breath!
10. Vitamin C is invaluable as the body’s premiere water soluble anti-oxidant meaning that it works in watery environments to help protect cells and enhance wound healing.