Dog Health & Care

Dog Dental Health – DentaSure

Dog dental health is all about preventing dental disease in dogs. As a rescue center, we receive dogs that are approximately eight to ten+ years of age. Many of our dogs come from overly-populated breeders while other dogs come from homes that are neglectful in their care. And then … we see some that are dumped on the sides of the road.

Most of these dogs have bad teeth, covered with a brownish heavy tartar and inflamed red gums, which gives the teeth a sore and dirty look. Any veterinarian will tell you that this build-up is primarily bacteria, demonstrating a history of poor dog dental care.

Do you see that adorable little head? Your little Pug has no less than 42 permanent teeth inside his mouth. That many teeth in such a little mouth can lead to problems. Almost all brachycephalic breeds (flat-faced) have a problem with over-crowded teeth.

Symptoms of Bacteria

Bacteria growing in a dog’s mouth causes an overabundance of bacterial growth around the teeth, causing serious dental disorders.

The more serious disorders are gingivitis, periodontal disease, and infected abscesses. It not only does damage to the gum but also does damage to the bone beneath the tartar.
Signs and symptoms of bacteria and tooth decay that you need to look for can be:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Lethargy
  • Loose teeth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain when chewing
  • Pus filled nasal discharge
  • Pus in the gum-line
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tooth los
  • Unilateral swelling under the eye
  • Weight loss

Not every dog has dog dental health that is bad. The disease develops differently due to various factors: the dog’s age; the dog’s overall health; her current diet; what breed the dog is; the genetics; and it’s personal care from its owner and/or previous owners. All of this helps form the type and developmental speed of plaque, tartar, and gum disease the dog will have.

Canine periodontitis

Canine periodontitis occurs when the dog’s mouth becomes infected with a bacterial infection. It progresses in four stages:

  1. Plaque and mildly inflamed gums
  2. Established gingivitis (gum disease)
  3. Mild periodontitis
  4. Severe periodontitis (may involve bone and/or tooth loss)

Dog owners can tell if their dog has early stages of dental disease by a progressive odor in the dog’s mouth. Their breath basically stinks to high heaven. Another sign is red or swollen gums. This is the perfect time to let Mother Nature achieve good  dog dental health by applying a natural and gentle product from Natural Wonder Pets called DentaSure.

DentaSure comes in a spray or a gel; the gel is perfect for older dogs, even dogs in a more advanced state of decay. However, both are excellent products for reversing gingivitis, removing plaque, and removing tartar buildup.

Periodontal disease is reversible in cats and dogs, present by the time they are three years of age (American Veterinary Dental College, AVDC).

Other than bad breath, there are few signs of dental disease that is evident to the owner. Professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As a result, periodontal disease is usually under-treated at the beginning. Therefore, the advanced dental stages may cause multiple problems and be associated with damage to internal organs.

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Emphysema
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Blindness
  • Loss of jaw bone
  • Problems during pregnancy
  • Nasal infections
  • Oral cancer

As stated, periodontal disease begins when bacteria in the mouth form a substance called plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth.  Subsequently, minerals in the saliva harden the plaque into dental calculus (tartar), which is firmly attached to the teeth. Tartar above the gum line is obvious to many owners, but is not of itself the cause of disease.

“Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets,” says Dr. Henry Childers, DVM, president of the AVMA. “Just as the public has come to realize that their own oral health is linked to their overall health, veterinarians want people to understand that dental health care is essential to maintaining the overall health and well-being of the family pet.”  (Natural Wonder Pets)


Traditional treatments for canine periodontitis diseases

Periodontal disease can become very painful for dogs without treatment, eventually affecting the organs as the bacteria infiltrates the dog’s health system. Traditional treatments vary for canines, a lot depending on how advanced the disease is.

  • Early stages are about (1) controlling plaque, and (2) preventing tooth attachment loss.
    • First stage treatment involves daily brushing with animal safe toothpaste; professional cleansing, tooth polishing, and fluoride prescribed by your vet.
    • Stages 2 or 3 treatments are about (1) cleansing between gums and teeth, (2) application of an antibiotic gel that renews the dog’s gum tissues and treats the infection, (3) and decreases the space size between infected teeth.
    • Advanced stages may involve procedures for bone replacement, tissue restoration, and periodontal splinting.
  • Follow-ups on good dog dental health

Depending on the health of the dog, there will be weekly, quarterly or six month check-up.

  • The future of canine dental diseases for a full recovery always depends on how advanced the disease is
    • It also depends if the dog received an early diagnosis, if the treatments were adequate, and if the dog received proper therapy.


Why is natural DentaSure considered good  health?

Traditional treatments vary for canines, a lot depending on how advanced the disease is. But there are times when traditional therapies alone are not effective, in people or dogs that are considered high risk.

  • Diabetes
  • In households where there are lots of smokers
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Those who are highly susceptible to periodontal diseases
  • If any surgery or procedure is required, many dogs or cats have a problem with anesthetic shock.

Regardless of anything you have read so far, most dogs, unless started as puppies, do not like to have their teeth brushed or worked with. To them, it is an unnatural act and does not feel normal. Period. What does this mean? An expensive vet/dental bill.
Plus, if the dog in question has not been handled a lot, someone just might get their fingers bit. Hmmmm…

Facts about Natural Wonder Pets’ DentaSure

  1. Provides good dog dental health and pet dental health without using dangerous anesthesia, without spending a fortune, or without using a toothbrush.

  2. DentaSure is non-alcoholic

  3. DentaSure gets rid of gingivitis, destroy bad breath, maintains healthy gums and teeth for less than 9¢ a day.

  4. An unknown honey bee resin protects a dog or cat’s teeth from cavities like an armor plated tank. Only 1% of dentists know about it.

  5. Grain alcohol, neutral spirits, ethanol, or any type of alcohol is harmful in any pet product.

  6. Gum disease is the number one diagnosed dog or cat dental problem in the United States.

  7. Apply DentaSure on your pet’s teeth twice a day for two to four weeks, applying 30 minutes before or after eating.  Follow this schedule with one application a day for routine maintenance.


What makes DentaSure work?

Natural Wonder Pets has chosen two ways to scrub away destructive bacteria with DentaSure. Depending on the pet and their personality, you can use a 4 oz. DentaSure spray or a gel … the gel is used directly on areas that require extra attention. They can also be purchased two for the price of one or just one: (1) two spray bottles or two gel bottles, or  (2) one of each. Both contain identical ingredients, except a natural thickening agent is added to the gel.

DentaSure contains four natural ingredients that are used by holistic veterinarian and dog dental hygienist:

Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)

A multipurpose broad spectrum broad antioxidant compound, GSE comes from organically grown grapefruit. It is used to medically treat both humans and animals for …

  • Oral infections
  • Tooth plaque and tartar
  • Gum disorders
  • Bad breath

Clinical practitioners use GSE for treatments of …

  • Colds and flu
  • Sore throats
  • Strep throat
  • Sinusitis
  • Ear inflammation/pain
  • Cold sores/herpes
  • Gassiness, digestive upsets, and diarrhea
  • Parasitic infections (single and multi-purpose) Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections

GSE will also alkalize body fluids, which raises the pH level. A vital benefit, diseases that cause microforms (such as fungi, bacteria and viruses) will rapidly die in an alkaline oxygenated environment.

Grape Seed Extract

Considered a bioflavonoid and an alternative medicine for dogs and cats, this extract strengthens and protects living tissue. The National Center for Biotechnology Information published a study where seed phenolics (similar to those found in Grape Seed Extract) retarded bacteria growth that caused tooth decay and inhibited oral​ sugar metabolism.

Its powerful antioxidants will:

  • Aid in circulation
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular
  • Collagen damage
  • Heals teeth and gums from diseases and decay
  • Improves skin
  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Strengthens blood vessels
  • Varicose veins
  • Water retention

NOTE: The pulp of the grape and raisins are toxic to cats and dogs, known to cause renal failure. However, grape extract and the oil of organic grapes are not toxic to them. The oil is a good source of Omega-6 fatty acids for dogs as long as organic grapes are used.

Propolis Extract

Gathered by honey bees, Propolis Extract is nature’s ultimate antibiotic. It fights bad bacteria without destroying friendly bacteria that is needed by the body. The extract’s properties actively prevent cavities by protecting against tooth decay and oral disease. There has been over 800 peer-reviewed, published, mainstream scientific studies of propolis’ medicinal uses, including that for peptic and duodenal ulcers.

Pure Stevia

Used as a sweetener, this herb does not raise blood sugar levels. Therefore, it can be used in dog foods. It also helps to improve insulin sensitivity and increases insulin production in diabetic test subjects. It inhibits the growth and reproduction of bacteria causing gum disease and tooth decay.


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Because of the severity of dental disorders, vets recommend annual visits and good dog dental care. But if left untreated, the bacteria eventually will enter the bloodstream and infect the dog’s organs (heart, kidneys, and lungs).

The cost of repairing a dog’s teeth that has been diagnosed with bacteria, plaque, and tartar ranges from $850 to $2,000. Or you can buy DentaSure for natural dog dental health. Going natural is the gentlest way to care for your dog’s teeth and the best way to develop dog dental health.

Young puppies have good teeth, unless they have genetic issues. Prevention is always the best medicine for maintaining good oral hygiene. In fact, this is the perfect age to achieve good dog dental health. Feed healthy dog food for puppies until they are a year of age, keep their teeth clean, and keep their gums clean.

As soon as you apply DentaSure, your dog (or cat) will lick its lips, roll its tongue around, and swallow. The licking and rolling is due to the pleasant taste. This also helps to distribute the solution evenly throughout the mouth, allowing the ingredients to begin dissolving and washing away plaque and tartar.

(Incidentally, the mild acids in DentaSure work as a natural antibiotic which travels through the digestive tract destroying “bad” bacteria but leaving the Probiotics intact. What’s more, DentaSure’s secondary – if unintentional – action becomes a very effective de-worming agent.)

The main question to ask before deciding on the gel is whether your dog will let you stick your finger in its mouth. With the gel, you run a small bead along your index finger. You then insert it into your dog’s mouth, sliding it from the back to the front teeth, once on each side.

Of course, not all pets allow such probing. And not all humans want to.

On the other hand, the spray is more convenient. You simply lift the lip and spray, once on each side, and you’re done.

So the gel may be a little more work, but it allows for better targeting of the solution. And the spray is clearly more convenient for people on the go.

Turns out, most people buy one of each initially. Try them both. Then they settle on one or the other for future orders.

DentaSure is a Registered Trademark of Natural Wonder Products Corporation.


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  1. August 4, 2017 at 5:40 am — Reply

    Great to know all this information about dog dental health. I enjoyed this article.

  2. June 28, 2017 at 5:17 pm — Reply

    Husband and son dentists. Whole family animal lovers. Enjoyed this article.

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