Ignore Your Dog's Teeth and They'll Go Away

 |  Aug 19th 2010  |   0 Contributions


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How many times a day do you brush your teeth? And how many times a year do you brush your dog's teeth? Now imagine if you depended on someone else to keep your teeth clean and they forgot to do it, or just didn't bother - how would you feel?

Sadly, a great many dogs don't know what it feels like to have a clean, healthy mouth because their teeth are never brushed. Dental care for dogs happens to be one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. A recent AAHA study showed that almost two-thirds of pet owners don't provide home dental care as recommended by vets. And according to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs show signs of oral disease by age three.

With the buildup of bacteria and plaque in the mouth, a foul odor develops. But instead of being recognized for the serious health warning signal it is, "doggie breath" is dismissed by most dog owners as "normal." It's far from normal, however - it's a sign that infection exists in the mouth, and could spread through the bloodstream to the heart, lungs, or kidneys, where it can literally kill your dog.

Oral disease also affects a dog's behavior; irritated teeth and gums can cause normally happy-go-lucky pets to become cranky and withdrawn (anyone who's ever had a toothache can relate to this). But by the time someone notices and gets Spot to the vet for a tooth cleaning under anesthesia, often the neglect is so advanced that several teeth have to be surgically extracted.

All this can be prevented with once-daily toothbrushing. And yet, even weekly or monthly brushing of dogs' teeth is a chore that's overlooked in the best of families. That's because it can be tough getting some dogs to let you poke around in the mouth zone with a toothbrush - even one coated with tantalizing chicken-flavored toothpaste. Toothbrushing is especially challenging if the poor dog's gums are already inflamed from neglect, because then the bristles will cause bleeding and pain.

And so, even those of us with good oral-care intentions would rather let sleeping dogs lie than subject them to unwanted dental hygiene routines. Or, we fool ourselves into believing advertising claims that "dental formula" pet foods and chew bones will take care of our dogs' teeth for us; they won't, because they can't.

I've been guilty of ignoring my canines' canines. My only excuse - and it's a poor one, I admit - is that I have so many dogs that if I were to do daily dental duty on each one of them, I'd never get anything else done. So, how do I prevent oral disease from taking down my dogs? Happily, there's a solution that's as convenient as it is effective. Imagine being able to keep a dog's teeth clean and healthy by adding something to his water bowl that turns ordinary filtered water into a tasty concoction resembling Vitamin Water, but without the sweeteners. This product actually exists - it's Healthy Mouth dental water, a noninvasive dental care system that lets dogs drink their way to clean oral health.

A blend of enzymes, chlorophyll, organic blueberries, and other active ingredients that are all natural, Healthy Mouth concentrate is easy to mix with filtered water, and dogs love the taste. Don't be alarmed when the water in your dog's bowl turns a bright shade of apple green - that's just the chlorophyll! (If you've ever had wheatgrass shots, think of this dental water as the diluted K9 version of that powerfully healthy green drink - except Spot won't wince to swallow it.) As soon as you replace your dog's plain water with Healthy Mouth, you'll reduce the bacteria in her mouth, prevent the buildup of plaque, and potentially add years of quality time to her life.

Healthy Mouth has been proven to work so well that it's earned a Seal of Acceptance for plaque control from the prestigious Veterinary Oral Health Council. In two independent clinical trials under the supervision of veterinarian W. Jean Dodds. Dr. Dodds runs HemoPet, the K9 blood bank, and she now entrusts the oral health of the famous blood-donor Greyhounds to Healthy Mouth. In the clinical trials she supervised, Healthy Mouth reduced plaque by 71.9 percent and 76.7 percent - results so impressive that the program's donor Greyhounds no longer need to have their teeth cleaned every few months under anesthesia to keep their universal-type blood free of impurities.

If you've just adopted a puppy or young-adult dog that still has gleaming white choppers, start using Healthy Mouth right away to keep those teeth in mint condition. But if your dog's teeth are already showing signs of decay, you'll need to visit the vet for a checkup and cleaning first; after that, it'll be easy to maintain those newly-cleaned teeth with Healthy Mouth at home. To order, go here.

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