Dr. Edmund Sulkowski D.M.D
Oral health for our pets is a critical factor in overall wellness and neglect can lead to bad breath, gingival infections, pain, loss of teeth and systemic health issues. Home care with mechanical debridement (i.e. teeth cleaning) can be done using a toothbrush, 2X2 gauze, cotton ball or even a corner of a washcloth.
Ingredients in human toothpaste can be toxic and should never be used. Even some dedicated products for our animals may contain harmful active ingredients including 50 proof grain alcohol in amounts up to 25% (Bonnie’s Barkery recently removed PetzLife Oral Care from the store due the inclusion of grain alcohol).
Tartar and plaque containing bacterial organisms adhere to the gum line and this biofilm creates a disease state. To aid in biofilm reduction, look for products containing natural nontoxic bacterial reducing ingredients like grape seed extract and grapefruit seed extract. I personally use and recommend DentaSure from Natural Wonder. Always have your pets evaluated by a veterinarian.
Doctor of Medical Dentistry, Case Western School of Dental Medicine
Host of Cable TV Shows, “Lets Talk Healthy Pets” & “Healthy Pets Healthy Owners”
Founder & Formulator, Health Pet Systems
Lecturer, SuperZoo School of Animal Wellness
And Bonnie’s Barkery Customer!!!
CLEAN TEETH IS SERIOUS BUSINESS… Thousands of years ago, before dogs and cats decided to befriend us humans, a typical diet consisted of about 65% protein, 30% fat, and 5% teeth-cleaning byproducts such as bone and cartilage.
Go ahead, look at your dog or cat’s teeth. Do you see the warning signs of gum disease – bad breath, red and swollen gums, a coating of yellow-brown tartar around the gum line? You’re looking at periodontal (gum) disease, the number one diagnosed dog dental and/or cat dental problem in America!
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, at three years of age, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of oral disease. If left untreated, teeth and gums may become infected, creating bacteria which can spread into the blood stream and infect other parts of the body. The good news is that proper dental care is easier to get than you might think. Getting your pet’s teeth cleaned at one of our upcoming Anesthesia Free Teeth Cleaning Clinics is a great first step.
The cleanings are supervised by Dr. Tom Leininger, VMD and occasionally a guest vet.