Natural Teeth Care for Animals

(from October 2013 holistic newsletter)

Nutrition

I am sure most of you are familiar with the myth that cats and dogs need to eat hard, crunchy kibble type food to keep their teeth clean, right? I have had many students ask me - "How do they clean their teeth without the kibble?" I have news for you - it is actually the crunchy, dry food as well as the processed treats that contain high fructose syrup and sugars that creates the tartar build up and can cause tooth decay and discoloration.  Kibble is made up of starches and grain, and it is the starch that the dogs and cats cannot break down because they do not have amylase in their saliva that helps to break down starches, therefore, the starch gets stuck on the teeth and grows into tartar. Removing the starch from the diet and feeding a natural, grain-free raw diet or at least a grain-free diet will provide the enzymes, proteins, fatty acids and immune boosting vitamins and minerals needed to keep the body functioning properly and not to mention keep toxins at bay.

Bones

The most important part of the raw diet is the bones. The bone content keeps the calcium-phosphorus ratio balanced. Offering a whole meaty bone such as a chicken neck or turkey neck or even a femur bone occupies their time in delightful content and is the best natural given toothbrush there is. The gnawing and rubbing up and down on the bones cleans the surface of the teeth gently and keeps the gums a healthy pink, not inflamed and red. Another raw bone plus is the breath. I have fed my dogs raw for over 6 years now and they never have bad breath - except for the green tripe days, those of you that feed green tripe know what I am talking about ... peeeuuuuw!  However, green tripe is an excellent addition to the diet as it puts good bacteria back in the body like a probiotic.

Some of you may fear that bones will break the teeth or splinter, but it is the RAW bones that are safe because they are soft and pliable.  It is cooked bones that become brittle after being cooked and they can splinter.  Broken or lost teeth can be an issues in dogs that were over vaccinated or due to poor nutrition.  I have one of these dogs as he came from the streets eating out of trash cans.  While he may never be able to tackle a hard beef marrow bone or a pork bone, he can certainly gnaw on a soft chicken neck very successfully.  If you can offer a dog a bone once a day or at least three times a week, you can throw that plastic toothbrush away and save money on the cleaning bills.

Natural Remedies

In today's world we will always need western medicine and vets. Sometimes teeth issues happen and a dental procedure may be necessary.  In case you find your beloved heading under anesthesia for dental work here are some natural remedies to do before, during and after the procedure:

Homeopathic remedies:  

  • Offer Arnica 30c 2-3 days before the procedure and 2-3 days after the procedure
  • Hypericum 30c for trauma to the teeth and pain
  • Ruta 30c for teeth extractions a day before the surgery and the day of the surgery
  • Give Phosphorus 30c within 15 minutes post surgery to offset the anesthesia.

 Leba III can be offered as maintenance to keep teeth clean. 

Myrrh mouth wash rinse to get rid of infection and tighten loose teeth:

1.  You can use silver colloidal charged water or simple hot  distilled water (notspring or mineral.) In a glass mug or bowl, pour out the myrrh of 10 capsules or 1/3 teaspoon myrrh resin and add 3 oz. of very hot distilled water (or colloidal,) Stir until powder dissolves into a slurry. Cover and let steep for 30 minutes. This is your base extract.

2.  In a cup or sterile bottle, pour 5 oz. distilled water, 3 oz. high quality apple cider vinegar and 5 drops of clove oil. If you can find Golden Seal powder or extract, 1/2 teaspoon makes a wonderful addition even though myrrh is the most effective ingredient. Pour the Golden Seal into your water and vinegar mixture. Shake (or stir) until all ingredients are dissolved.

3.  Next, add your myrrh slurry to the mixture and shake again, until all ingredients are mixed well.

4.  If you are using this mouth wash to rid your gums of infection, you'll want this mixture as strong as you can take it. Swish and hold in mouth for at least 30 seconds and repeat several times a day. If you are using this wash for good oral hygiene, you may want to dilute it and use it twice a day. If you only use it once a day, it is very effective as a bedtime rinse.

5.  You can store any remainder in an airtight container (or plastic Ziploc bag) in the refrigerator.

Teeth are the most important part of the body as they are governed by all 12 of the meridians and can tell us what other underlying illnesses may be present. If teeth issues arise look into which meridian may be out of balance and consider acupuncture to rebalance the body.   

Blessings!

Allison