TOOTH TARTAR AND GUM DISEASE
Gum disease is usually but not
always related to the formation of tooth tartar. A popular belief
is that tartar is caused by the lack of abrasive food to clean
the teeth. Many people mistakenly believe that feeding dry dog
food keeps the teeth clean. One need only look at the teeth
of dogs fed on certain dry foods to realise that this is not
so. (Does your own mouth feel clean after eating biscuits?)
It is true that bone and hide and
other hard food will help to clean the teeth but the real cause
of tartar is an accumulation of waste matter in the body. These
wastes are dissolved in the body fluids including the saliva.
When the saliva washes over the teeth much of this debris settles
out and forms plaque which hardens to form tartar.
There are now specialist veterinary
diets which are intended to prevent tartar by creating an abrasive
cleansing effect. This technique is unnecessary if the underlying
cause i.e. the accumulation of waste products is tackled properly.
It is possible to prevent tartar and gum disease without the need
for special diets or even for brushing the teeth by feeding a
healthy diet and following the Health Management Programme. This
works by eliminating waste from the system.
Following John Burns Pet Health
Management Programme by eliminating waste from the system
will prevent tartar and clear gum disease without the need even
for brushing the teeth.
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