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Having Good Dental Hygiene Can Lead To Good Cardiovascular Health

Very few people are aware of the connection between dental health and the benefits for good cardiovascular health. The dental industry has changed over the last few decades, and with the knowledge gained from research and preventive dentistry, the incidence of heart disease has been reduced. 

Pets that are in the infant stage at 2 to 6 weeks of age start teething when the deciduous teeth erupt through the gums, which gives rise to pain and inflammation. It is at this time when the naughty puppy stage begins, and they will chew on whatever they can find to relieve the pain. It is my recommendation that puppies chew on a raw meaty bone, elk antler chew or one of beef pizzles instead. This provides a more natural and effective teething aid. Gnawing on a raw meaty bone requires effort and the neck and jaw muscles strengthen accordingly. As our pets develop, they are able to crunch on larger pieces and this coincides with the increased need for calcium. More importantly, this process provides vigorous cleaning of the oral cavity. Munching on a natural raw meaty bone will also help to dislodge deciduous teeth and help to heal damaged gums. Using this as a regular routine, the teeth will develop properly and provide better lifelong oral health.

Little dog working hard at chewing on an antler

Just as a pet’s stool is an excellent barometer of good health, inspection of the oral cavity is a prevention method for eliminating cardiovascular problems. Many of our customers remark on the improvement of doggy breath once they have made the change to feeding raw meaty bones. Severe plaque build-up, sore and bleeding gums, and even calculus can easily be removed with a few meals of raw meaty bones.

Research on the gum disease-heart disease connection in dogs is the result of similar studies with humans. Those studies suggest that people with periodontal disease are twice as likely to have coronary artery disease and other heart conditions, than people with healthy gums. This is an especially important area of study in dogs because 75 percent of canine companions have gum disease by the time they reach middle age.

Without good dental hygiene, most pets will exhibit signs of dental problems within the first three years of their life. In my experience working with raw meat diets for over 40 years, I can attest to the fact that eating a natural raw meat diet, rather than a heat processed food, will provide the improved oral health needed to suppress the spread of unwanted harmful bacteria to the other organs of the body. It is rare to find a meat fed dog that exhibits the doggie breath of a kibble fed dog. Maintaining proper oral health offers evidence to the claims we make for extended pet longevity.

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie – a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” monthly e-zine .

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