Battling Dog Breath with Nutrition for Pet Dental Health

The old adage of “you are what you eat” holds true, no matter if you have two legs or four. While we all know that routine dental examinations and thorough cleanings under anesthesia are vital for keeping our pet’s teeth in tip top shape, there are other things that can help the cause. Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital wants you to know all about how nutrition and pet dental health are related!

The Science of Bad Breath

When your pet eats something, particles of whatever he or she is chewing mix with saliva. Most of this goes down the esophagus and heads into the stomach for digestion, but inevitably there are small pieces of this mix that becomes stuck to the teeth. This sticky substance is known as plaque.

If not removed, plaque continues to coat the teeth and eventually becomes mineralized. This cement-like deposit is what is called tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque. Continue…