A guide to keeping your dog’s teeth in tip-top shape

dog dental health

Pupper parents love getting up close and personal with their dogs, but there’s nothing worse than bad dog breath! There are many reasons your pup may have stinky breath. It can be a sign of dental disease, the result of a poor diet or even the lack of a regular dental home care plan. Here are our recommendations to maintain good oral health and ensure your dog’s teeth stay pearly white.

Teeth brushing

Lyka’s co-founder, Dr. Matthew Muir, is also our in-house Integrative Vet and we are fortunate to have his expert advice on hand. When it comes to your pupper’s teeth, he recommends brushing a minimum of three times a week, but of course, daily is brushing is optimal. A regular, clean human toothbrush will do the job but you can also invest in a dog toothbrush or even a finger brush!   

To maintain a sustainable brushing routine, it is important that your pupper learns to tolerate it. Start slowly by getting them used to the technique. Gum massages like that of TTOUCH can help. TTOUCH uses specific types of touch, movement and awareness exercises to help train animals and make them comfortable in a new environment or experience. 

If your pupper is already wary of dental interventions, it is best to ask your vet to perform an oral check to ensure there are no pre-existing causes of pain. Then it may be possible to desensitise your pupper with gradual exposure to teeth cleaning using rewards, to create a more positive association with teeth cleaning. Try our drool-worthy treats line-up – our sturdy dental chews act like a doggy floss and can make teeth cleaning a little less stressful for both pupper and pupper parent.  

Toothpaste is not essential, but there are dog-friendly ones available. A natural alternative is coconut oil. It is known for its anti-bacterial properties and may have positive results for oral health. Research indicates that it could be effective in decreasing plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis. At the very least, Dr. Matt advises that a wet soft brush can be therapeutic if your pupper doesn’t like toothpaste or coconut oil. 

Bones

Bones can be a great addition to your pupper’s diet, both as a treat and a way of keeping their teeth clean. It is important that you discuss your dog’s risk profile with your vet before giving them bones. Our meals are formulated on the lower end of the calcium to phosphorus ratio to allow for additional bones in your pup’s diet. 

Never give your pupper cooked bones or heavy weight bearing bones, as they can splinter into smaller pieces that can damage their teeth and may even get stuck in their intestines. 

Treats and toys

Chewing aids can be a great addition to your pup’s diet, as they can help to scrape off any leftover food and plaque that has accumulated on your dog’s teeth.  

Check out our treats line up, which includes some delicious options. For dental health our top picks are the Pig Twigs and Lamb Straws. Gently air-dried, our single-protein treats are made using Australian ingredients and are sturdy, long-lasting and great for supporting good dental hygiene. 

It is also worth considering dental toys. They are a great way to keep your pup entertained and clean their teeth at the same time – we love efficiency!  

Probiotics and superfoods

It may be worth considering a probiotic to help minimise any microbiome upset, which has been linked to rapid progression of periodontal disease in puppers. 

Another good addition to your pup’s diet is a kelp called Ascophyllum nodosum known for its bio-active compound, which is scientifically proven to reduce plaque, tartar and bad breath. 

The link between diet and oral health

Periodontal disease is the immune system’s reaction to accumulated plaque and calculus. A diet that reduces inflammation and provides ample tissue support can be beneficial for your dog’s teeth and their overall health. 

Our meals are designed for optimal health and contain anti-inflammatory ratios of omega 6 to omega 3, as well as additional Vitamin E and Zinc to support healthy immune systems. We also avoid ingredients that may be inflammatory to gums, such as refined wheat and corn. 

Lyka: Healthy puppers from teeth to toe

Complete and balanced and low in carbohydrates, not only are our recipes super tasty, but they also help to promote the natural production of saliva – which is rich in enzymes and antimicrobial agents. Paired with beneficial ingredients like kelp, leafy greens and carrots, our vet-formulated recipes are a sure way to kick start a healthy dental plan and nourish your pup from the inside out, boosting their general wellbeing.