The Safe & Effective Alternative To Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth; The Find: The Solution to Tear Stains!
Have you ever noticed a slimy or fuzzy feeling on your teeth and wondered what it’s caused by? That slimy plaque layer is actually a group of microorganisms, collectively called a biofilm. A biofilm is a community of bacteria that protect themselves by bonding together, making them very difficult to remove. Yuck, right? Luckily, you brush your teeth (or at least we hope you do!), but what about your dog? While plaque in your pup’s mouth may not keep you awake at night, it can have damaging long-term effects on your dog’s overall health. Plaque biofilm can harden into tartar, which can lead to more serious conditions, such as periodontal disease. Early signs of periodontal disease are bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. To keep your dog happy and healthy, early removal of biofilm buildup is vital—left untreated it can lead to expensive veterinary dental work and pain and suffering for your pet. If you and your dog struggle with daily tooth brushing, try a product such as the oral spray or water additive from Bluestem Oral Care, which are scientifically formulated with foodgrade ingredients to help fight plaque and tartar by safely breaking down biofilm where harmful bacteria multiply. In a clinical study, dogs receiving Bluestem water additive alone saw a 25.4% reduction in tartar after 84 days. Simply add two capfuls of the water additive every time you fill your dog’s water bowl, or you can use the oral spray once a day. Of course, if you have your dog’s cooperation, go for their toothpaste (tooth brushing is the the gold standard for oral care, but you actually have to do it.) Whichever you choose, make it a daily routine you’ll follow through on, and you can save your dog’s teeth and your pocketbook. —Mark Ahrens-Townsend