Choosing the right diet can have a huge impact on your pet’s dental health. Because bacteria in the mouth is the underlying cause of dental issues, the strength of your pet’s immune system has a big impact on how quickly bacteria turns into an infection in your pet’s mouth. Choosing a high-quality diet that uses whole, minimally processed proteins and rather than fillers like corn, wheat, or by-products that can cause a yeast infection in the gut, can give your pet’s immune system a boost that will help them fight bacteria growth and infection in the gums. Replacing a high-starch diet with a high-protein diet, supplemented with probiotics will help your pet’s system naturally fight bacteria growth. Raw food diets, especially, have been linked to better dental health in pets and have become an increasingly popular way to deliver nutrients while maintaining the integrity of a cat or dog’s teeth.
It is also a long-standing myth that kibble is important for dogs and cats to help keep their teeth clean. If you’ve ever watched your dog or cat eat kibble, you’ll notice that they will usually chew as little as possible and will only shatter the occasional kibble with the tips of their teeth so that they can swallow it. Dogs and cats are carnivores with teeth and jaws designed for tearing apart raw meat and crunching the occasional bone. Dogs have back gnawing molars for bones and some plant material but cats have no grinding surfaces on any of their teeth at all. When they are eating a kibble diet, both dogs and cats will swallow the kibbles whole or will only lightly chew the kibbles, which does absolutely nothing to remove the plaque and bacteria that is growing between the teeth and under the gum line.
Making your pet’s dental health part of your pet care routine can make a big difference in your pet’s quality of life. Click here for teeth cleaning clinic locations, dates, and times.