Just as important as proper oral health is in humans, it is just as critical for our beloved companions. Healthy teeth and overall oral health is an inside issue, primarily reflecting the health of the digestive tract, glands, tissues and the quality of the diet. Avoiding grains, carbs, sugars, processed treats and poor quality food, is a good start. In addition to grass fed meats, organ meats, homemade bone broth, homemade joint, collagen and immune system vitamins and fermented cod oil, read how to optimize your pets life. Also, bad breath is not typically a mouth issues, as it is a gut and poor food quality issue. So lets be sure we are putting the right fuel into their amazing body's.
When we first adopted Tucker, I started right away with encouraging teeth brushing. I got him his own toothbrush and jar of organic coconut oil (co).
Update! I now use Real Salt on his toothbrush as well as the coconut oil and he goes b a n a n a s, he licks up every morsel of salt that happens to fall off his toothbrush onto the floor.
Benefits of Real Salt:
- Improves quality of sleep-with over 60 minerals, this anti-stress spice with help you get to to sleep with ease and reduce waking up. Minerals significantly help balance the electrical system in the body including help with heart palpitations.
- Balances hormones- adrenalin spikes can happen in a body that is stressed,
- Improves insulin sensitivity-research is showing a link between low salt consumption and insulin resistance (and moderate/high salt intake and insulin sensitivity). With the rising rates of blood sugar related problems, this is an important factor to consider
- Replenishes minerals- everyone, people and pets, are deficient in minerals.
- Increases hydration- this is great for pets to help combat cellular dehydration.
- Encourages a healthy weight and fast metabolism
- Helps heal receding and swollen gums
- Improves digestion
- Coconut oil also has antioxidant properties and it helps in the absorption of other minerals.
- Boosts your pets immune system
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Helps with pain and arthritis for your pet
- Fantastic for your pets skin issues, taken internally and topically
- Supports their hormone glands
- Whitens teeth naturally
- Supports the nervous system, great for anxious and nervous pets
I started with just scooping the oil onto the brush and announcing “Does Tucker want his teeth brushed!” and then I would let him lick (actually eat) the co off the brush, so it was really just a treat for him, no teeth brushing at this time. And he loves the flavor and taste. For internal use, an unrefined virgin coconut oil is best. I did this about 3-4x a week. Every time I made my announcement, he would come running and started licking his lips, before he got any co, it was so cute. I then started actually brushing his teeth. It was a slow process, in the beginning you are not real efficient in brushing all the teeth, because our pets can get a little squirmy sitting still. What is most important is just getting him/her use to the motions with the brush in the mouth and brushing some of the top and bottom teeth. I know I only have a short window of time before he is reading to move on, so I brush as effectively as possible. I will use my remineralizing tooth paste for him a few times per month too.
Now when I make my announcement “Does Tucker want his teeth brushed!”, he comes flying into the bathroom and sits pretty for me and let's me brush all his teeth. All of our friends and family compliment him on how white and clean his teeth are.
Other health tips to consider
- Ditch the grains, they are pro inflammatory and can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and other health problems such as allergies and skin issues. Use a grain free kibble and grain free treats.
- Also, grain free does not mean low carb. Many times food companies will omit the grains but then load up on the rice, oats and potatoes…not good.
- Avoid vegetable oils such as canola, corn, corn and cottonseed. These are GMO crops which have been proven to be linked to cancer, autoimmune issues and digestion problems. You have to scrutinize labels carefully.
- Feed your pet real food. Such as grass fed organ meats, bone broth, grass fed meats, fermented cod liver oil and vegetables mixed into their grain free kibble.
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