- The ingredient in many of these “dental care” products is sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP). Pet food manufacturers coat their kibble and treats with this additive. SHMP has an insulating effect on calcium and other minerals in the mouth that reduces dental plaque.
- SHMP is an industrial polymer with no nutritional value. It is used in a wide range of non-food products (including soaps, detergents, and water treatment products) and in our view simply doesn’t belong in the food you offer your pet.
- Rather than attempt to clean your pet’s mouth with “dental care” commercial foods or treats, we recommend daily oral home care, a raw diet, and regular oral exams by a veterinarian
Dr Becker recommends the following for your dogs healthy oral hygiene...
Here's a quick checklist to help you start taking better care of your dog's teeth:
- Have your dog's teeth checked and professionally cleaned at your family veterinarian -- follow your vet's advice as far as cleaning regularity
- Start your dog off with as clean a mouth as possible prior to cleaning or brushing
- Pickup a soft-bristled tooth brush and toothpaste from your veterinarian -- human toothpaste and baking soda may not be good for your dog
- Brush your dog's teeth on a daily basis -- even with regular brushing, your dog may still need occasional professional cleaning
- In between brushing, find a healthy and tasty chew bone for your dog
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