The Safe & Ef­fec­tive Al­ter­na­tive To Brush­ing Your Dog’s Teeth; The Find: The So­lu­tion to Tear Stains!

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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

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