As a follow-up to the previous post on things that can help get your dog's teeth clean, I wanted to mention something that does not work to clean a dog's teeth....
Dry dog food does NOT keep teeth clean.
I wanted to talk about this real quick because I've
had so many people tell me that their veterinarian recommended that they give their dog a
larger sized kibble as a way to help keep their dog's teeth clean. I'm sad to
say that veterinarians do not always know what they're talking about,
especially when it comes to food. (My vet once told me that Purina Pro
Plan was a high quality food. HA! but we'll talk about that another time)
Their logic: if the kibble
is bigger, the dog has to chew more, and the kibble scrapes stuff off
the teeth in the process. This would be like your dentist telling you
to chew on Captain Crunch to clean your teeth. I don't know about you,
but if anything, my teeth feel kind of "fuzzy" after chewing on Captain Crunch; the fuzziness, of course, is due to food particles that are now stuck to my teeth.
large kibble idea is a scraping technique that doesn't work, but
can actually makes things worse.
In reality: the more a
dog has to chew their food , the more likely that food particles are
going to get lodged
in and around the teeth and gums. Have you seen dry dog food when it gets
wet? It's very soft and falls apart. Saliva in a dog's mouth makes kibble more soft the longer it's there. This makes it more likely to stick to their
teeth. More food bits means breeding
grounds for bad bacteria. It makes periodontal disease more likely.
If you're trying to keep your dog's teeth clean, or if you're trying to clean their already-dirty teeth, it's better to stick to the techniques I mentioned in the previous post.
Monday, February 10, 2014
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