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Dog Tartar and Gingivitis
Tooth tarter is the result of a high carbohydrate diet such as dry dog food and grain-based treats. Contrary to popular belief these "crunchy" foods do not clean the teeth. A healthy meat-based diet maintaining an more acidic balance in the mouth is the best prevention.
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Tartar is a build-up of plaque and calculus around the teeth, if the dog's teeth are not kept clean and free of bacteria. Oral hygiene methods and regular cleanings are encouraged to prevent build-up of this bacteria.
Gingivitis is indicated if the gum line colour changes from coral pink to red or purple. Fetid breath is common. Gingivitis is reversible with proper tooth cleaning and a species appropriate diet, but if untreated, may lead to periodontitis. Periodontal disease can and does lead to more serious health problems. Bacteria that cause gingivitus can enter your dog's bloodstream and have been implicated in serious diseases in vatal organs such as the liver, kidneys, lungs and heart.
Due to processed commercial foods (including dry dog biscuits), our dog population is experiencing tartar build-up and subsequent periodontal disease as one of the number one health concerns today. Carbohydrate based feed like dry dog food leads to an unnatural alkaline environment in the body. The carbohydrates in the food are broken down by enzymes in the saliva and form sugars, which in turn, cause increased tartar build-up.
A Better in the Raw or U-Stew diet, on the other hand, helps combat dental disease. Your dog's body maintains its acidic balance on the high protein, low carb diet, and a healthy oral environment is maintained. Contrary to manufacturers' claims, the crunching effect on dry kibble does little to alleviate tartar build-up.