According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, over 80 percent of dogs develop gum disease by the age of three years. Common signs of poor oral health include bad breath, excessive drooling, loss of appetite due to oral discomfort, and teeth discolored by tarter build-up. Bad breath is often the most obvious sign, and products with natural breath-freshening ingredients, such as anise and chlorophyll, can improve that condition. However pet parents can help their beloved companions enjoy optimal dental health by focusing on the cause of Fido's offensive smells, in addition to relieving the more noticeable symptoms.
Keeping your dog's teeth clean from plaque build-up plays an important role in optimal dental health. Chewing is a natural form of tooth cleaning and most dental health products available for dogs are based solely on the abrasive action of chewing something.
Author: Rebecca Rose, president of In Clover, Inc., is a biochemist and the developer of animal health products. Rebecca is head of product development for In Clover, the maker of clinically-proven animal wellness products, including GRIN Chewy Dental Treats.