By Andrew Fischer
The Top Foods For Your Dog's Dental Health
Did you know that there are certain foods that can clean your dog’s teeth as they eat?
The foods in our list are usually foods that are crispy or chewy and act like scrubbers on your dog’s teeth. Some of them also help to bring your dog’s mouth’s pH back to 8.5, which is optimal for them. Other foods in our list contain high amounts of casein, calcium, malic acid and other compounds that strengthen dog’s teeth.
When your dog is about to finish his regular meal, you can offer him one of the foods from the list below, as these treats act like a natural toothbrush for your dog.
Here is a list of a few foods that clean your dog’s teeth as they eat them.
Did you know that carrot act as a natural toothbrush?
Carrots are full of fiber and can scrub the plaque on your dog’s teeth as they chew on them.
Carrots are also known for stimulating saliva production, which further helps to clean teeth.
Further, carrots are high in keratin and Vitamin A. Both substances have high plaque-attacking properties.
Spinach is also high in fiber, which makes it great for your dog’s teeth.
The fibers in spinach help to scrub away plaque and food debris.
Spinach is also high in vitamins which further helps to strengthen your dog’s teeth.
Did you know that vitamin B helps prevent gum diseases?
Red meat, poultry and fish is high in vitamin B so it’s a great way to prevent gum diseases in your dog.
Also, raw meat contains natural enzymes that help resist bacterial plaque.
Raw meaty bones
Raw meaty bones provide a number of gum cleaning advantages. They strengthen the teeth and clean the plaque from your dog’s teeth.
Veterinarians usually recommend giving dogs larger types of raw bones such as marrowbones. Larger bones rarely cause oral tissue damage. This is in contrast to small and thin bones which are known for damaging teeth.
Apples and especially the skin on the apple are also great for keeping your dog’s teeth clean and strong.
Apples are also high in fiber that cleans teeth and scrubs away plaque.
Further, apples are quite acidic which helps kill off oral bacteria and improves your dog’s breath.
Thanks to their fibrous nature cucumbers will help your dog to keep their teeth and gums clean and protect them from microbes.
Cucumber juice is also known to provide anti-inflammatory properties and to prevent infections.
Fresh cucumbers are famous for treating gingivitis and other gum diseases.
Celery supports your dog’s healthy teeth because it contains some essential vitamins.
Vitamin C protects teeth from loosening and vitamin A is known to support the strength of your dog’s mucous membrane.
Another reason why to eat celery is because it helps to stop bad breath.
Fish, seeds, and nuts are among the best sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
New studies show that fatty acids can also help manage periodontal inflammation in dogs.
For example, one study in 2010 showed that consumption of fish can lower the risk of having gum disease.
Salmon seems to be especially beneficial for good oral health of your dog. This fish is full of Vitamin D, which is essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums.
Cheese is another superfood for healthy teeth.
It contains high levels of calcium which is a natural strengthener of bones and teeth.
Cheese also contains phosphate and other substances that help balance the pH levels in your dog’s mouth.
Recent studies talk also about the benefits of strawberries. This sweet fruit contains malic acid, which helps to whiten your dog’s teeth. So eating strawberries will keep your dog’s teeth free of stains.
Just be mindful that strawberries are high in sugar so you should offer it your dog in moderation.
Which foods are the worst for your dog's dental health
Many foods like cakes, chips, dried fruits and cookies contain carbs and sugars, which supports the growth of bacteria in your dog’s mouth. This leads to an acidic environment which increases the chance of tooth decay.
Is kibble good for dental health?
Kibble is not as good for the dental health of dogs as many people believe.
Kibble is just too small and dogs don’t chew on it enough to thoroughly clean their teeth at the gum line. That’s why dogs also need to eat some more chewy food that thoroughly cleans their teeth.
Also, kibble is processed food. It contains heterocyclic amines that support inflammation and may have carcinogenic effects. Dry kibble may therefore cause or contribute to the inflammation in your dog’s oral tissue.