DENTAL HEALTH AND DOGS
What exactly does dental disease in dogs mean?
To help understand the topic of dental disease let's take a look at a few basic definitions:
Gingivitis... means an inflammation of the gums.
Periodontitis... a general term for a disease of the oral cavity that attacks the gum and bone and delicate tissues around the teeth.
Plaque... is the first buildup of material adhering to the enamel of the tooth and is composed of a mixed colony of bacteria. It is soft and easier to remove. Left untreated, leads to periodontal disease. Tartar (calculus) is a result of accumulated plaque and starts to form when the surface is not clean. It is hard and consists of calcium salts from saliva deposited on plaque. Tartar is difficult to remove without dental instruments. If you don't get plaque, you don't get tartar.
Dental disease in dogs is the same as it is in the people. However, the one difference is that dogs can't take care of their own teeth. Dental disease (gum disease) is an infection resulting from build-up of soft dental plaque on the surfaces of the teeth around the gums. The bacteria in dental plaque irritates the gum tissue if plaque is allowed to accumulate, which often leads to infection in the bone surrounding the teeth. Hard dental tartar starts to form within a few days on a tooth surface that is not kept clean. Bad breath is the most common effect. However, that is only the beginning. The gums become irritated, leading to bleeding and pain. The roots may become so severely affected that teeth become loose and fall out. Bacteria surrounding the roots gain access to the blood stream potentially leading to severe damage of the kidney, heart, lungs and even death.
How common is dental disease in dogs?
Dental disease is the most common serious ailment in dogs! 85% of adult dogs have periodontal disease. The incidence and severity of dental disease increases as pets age. In fact, the vast majority of dogs 18 months of age and older show signs of dental disease and are in need of professional dental care.
I thought dog's teeth just take care of themselves?
Dogs' teeth are no different than our teeth. Can you imagine the state of your mouth if you never brushed your teeth! But you can, and you do. Dogs cannot take care of their own teeth, yet their teeth require routine, daily, home care just like ours. We, as owners must take an active role in keeping our dogs' mouths healthy, which it turn will affect their overall good health.
How do the problems begin?
Periodontal disease begins when plaque, a mixture of bacteria and food debris, builds up on the tooth surfaces and works its way under the gum line. Toxins released by the bacteria cause an inflammatory reaction that can lead to destruction of tissue and bone that anchor teeth in place. In general, periodontal disease is more common in smaller breeds of dogs, with Dachshunds, Yorkshire Terriers and Miniature Schnauzers leading the pack although all breeds are at risk. However, large breeds of dogs as well need to have a healthy mouth in order to remain in good overall health.
What are the early indications of dental disease?
If you notice an odor to your dog's breath (halitosis), your dog likely has dental disease. Other signs include bloody gums after chewing a bone. And please do take a look inside your dog's mouth. If you see a color that's a yellow-brown, that's plaque. Healthy teeth are white with a smooth enamel surface a "knife edge" appearance. Diseased teeth have defects in the enamel. Inflamed gums are red, swollen, have receded away from the crown of the tooth, exposing some of the root surface. Indications of pain in the mouth includes: chewing on one side of the face, or stopping to eat altogether.
I thought "dog breath" is just normal for dogs?
Dog breath is not normal for dogs just like chronic bad breath in humans is not normal. There are two principle causes of bad breath in humans and animals; digestive/stomach problems or infection in the mouth.
Is dental disease painful?
Dental disease is very painful. Studies have shown that dogs experience pain like we do, but actively hide their pain from observers. This instinct to hide their pain makes it harder for us to help our pets because we sometimes have to look for very subtle signs of pain. Surely, if we could know what pain they experience, we would be much more likely to aggressively treat it. Protecting our pets from the agony of infected teeth and gums is one of the most important things we can do to keep our pets healthy, comfortable and happy.
What is the adverse health impact of periodontal disease on a dog?
The toxins from dental disease are absorbed into the dog's blood stream. As the kidneys, liver, and brain filter the blood, small infections occur causing permanent and at times fatal organ damage.
What is the best protection from dental disease?
Prevention is the best protection from Periodontal disease. While nothing takes place of regular visits to the veterinarian and professional cleaning, ongoing follow-up oral care at home maximizes the benefits of professional cleaning and is just as important in controlling plaque and tartar formation.
Can poor dental health affect the behavior of my dog?
Yes!! Many owners report dramatic improvements in their pet's behavior, playfulness and reduced crankiness after dental care. These behavior improvements are most likely the result of the relief from chronic severe pain.
DENTAL CARE PROGRAM
Why is an ongoing dental care program critical for dogs?
There are clear indications that oral health status has a profound effect on a dog's general health. Bacteria starts attaching to a dog's teeth just minutes after a dental cleaning so you can imagine how much bacteria is in a dog's mouth after a day of eating! If you can prevent plaque from being able to adhere to the teeth or at least keep it soft so it can be brushed, wiped or fall off with the aid of a chew on a daily basis, you will be able to significantly reduce plaque buildup that leads to tartar formation and dental disease. If not addressed, dental disease can then cause the bacteria and toxins to enter the bloodstream with potentially delirious effects on internal organs.
Is it true that ongoing dental care can potentially add years to a dog's life?
YES. Studies show and veterinarians agree that proper dental care can potentially extend an animal's life. Tests also prove that 40-60% of animal's deaths from liver problems are due to infection in the animal's gums.
What is the biggest obstacle to home dental care?
Since dogs cannot take care of their own teeth, it is up to you to take of their teeth. The biggest obstacle to home dental care is compliance by owners. Every aspect of healthymouthTM was designed specifically to make compliance easy for owners. And compliance means that dogs will benefit significantly from dental home care.
Why is it important to have my pet's teeth examined and cleaned regularly?
Like people, dogs need regular professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup. If not removed, this buildup may lead to periodontal disease and more serious health problems.
Is it dangerous to put a dog under anesthesia for teeth cleaning and oral surgery?
This is a concern that is important to address. Statistically, only one-in-one thousand pets has an anesthetic death. Today, veterinarians take very different precautions and there have been advancements to make procedures as safe as possible. Veterinarians choose the proper dog-patient by screening for common preexisting organ abnormalities through a thorough examination and evaluating blood and urine tests. Veterinarians are careful to select the correct anesthetic protocol and supporting the pet with intravenous fluids and temperature control during the procedure. And during the procedure, monitoring the dog-patient by accurately assigning a technician to monitor vital signs, attaching a monitoring device with alarms to the dog-patient and continuing to monitor the dog-patient after the procedure until it is in recovery. Yes, there are risks associated with anesthesia, but when the appropriate steps are taken to minimize them, the risks are much smaller than those associated with oral disease.
Is the dental cleaning painful to a dog?
The dog will not be in any pain as pain control is provided before, during and after the procedure.
What is the best way to take care of a dog's teeth?
Veterinarians recommend a dental care routine that includes oral exams at least once a year, a yearly professional dental cleaning and an ongoing daily home care program. 96% of veterinarians recommend daily dental brushing unfortunately only 2% of dog owners actually brush. A dental care liquid product, such as healthymouthTM used in conjunction with brushing would be the gold standard. However, if brushing is not possible, using healthymouthTM with water instead of regular water has been clinically proven to reduce plaque by 71.9 percent and 76.7 percent effectively in two clinical trials, without chemicals. And... if you don't get plaque, you don't get tartar. Chews, because they work the teeth, are helpful in reducing tartar and well-balanced, meat-based dog food helps keep the mouth environment healthy. A conjunction of dedicated brushing, rinsing, chewing and diet with veterinarian care is the best way to care for a dog's teeth. If it not possible to comply with all home care, doing something is definitely better than doing nothing.
Will daily home care really make a difference?
ABSOLUTELY!! The good news is that dental disease can be prevented from developing by starting professional dental cleaning supplemented by daily home dental care as soon as you bring your puppy home. Even if you are starting dental care when your dog is a senior, it is never too late to give your dog a healthier mouth, which will affect overall health. Optimal results will occur if you start with a professional dental cleaning and follow with daily home care of a combination of teeth brushing, healthymouthTM dental care water and supplemented by chew bones. But if teeth brushing is not possible, then you do what you and your dog will support. HealthymouthTM dental care water is simple to administer, simple for your dog to use, and effective on its own or in conjunction with dental care chews or bones.
This is all new to me. Why haven't I heard about pet dental care before?
Medicine has evolved. These medical advances are why pets now live longer lives than ever before. Just a few years ago, most veterinarians often waited until dental disease was very advanced (and irreversible) before strongly recommending dental care. Today we know that we must prevent problems from becoming severe instead of allowing them to worsen before helping. With our new understanding of the importance of dental health, modern veterinarians are rapidly acquiring the knowledge and equipment needed to properly prevent and treat dental disease. Recent advances in veterinary dentistry allow prevention, treatment and the curing of dental disease more effectively than ever before. Generalist veterinarians, who before were limited by training and tools, now are investing in top quality equipment and training. They are now better able to diagnose and treat common dental problems with new technologies to benefit their patients. Today there are also approximately one hundred veterinary dentists who specialize and are committed to pet dentistry.
If daily home care does make a difference, then why is dental disease still the number one problem seen by veterinarians?
We know it's not because owners don't care. Many studies have shown that Americans generally consider pets as members of our families and we want to do what's best for them. And yet, there are still many loving owners whose pets haven't gotten the dental care they need over the years. For sure, these pet owners would be providing better and ongoing dental care if they understood how effective it can be in keeping their pets healthy, extending their lives and making them so much more comfortable. Lack of awareness must be replaced by education. Veterinarians must not only provide information to owners, but communicate this information in a way that can be understood and that they can relate to. It could be as simple as communicating to the owner, "Can you imagine if you never brushed your teeth..." In addition, veterinarians need to make owners comfortable with seeing (perhaps for the fist time) the inside of their dog's mouth. The founder of healthymouthTM was one of those loving owners who, "just didn't know." As a result, her mission through healthymouthTM is to educate owners, like never before by providing access, through our products, website and newsletters to not only leading veterinarians, but to other dog owners who want to share their experiences and new-found knowledge.
At what age should a dental care program start?
Dental Care should begin as soon as you bring your new dog home with daily brushing (if possible) used in conjunction with healthymouthTM dental . The earlier you begin, the more quickly your dog will come to accept or even look forward to his dental care. Annual dental care visits are generally needed starting at the age of two for large dogs and starting at the age of one for small dogs. Caring for teeth early and properly will prevent more severe dental disease from developing.
My dog is eight years old and has had no dental care. Isn't it too late to begin?
Absolutely not. If it's not too late for your dog, it's not too late to take care of her mouth! With proper care, dental disease is both preventable and treatable. Caught early, dental disease can often be cured. Even if caught later, effective treatment is still available to prevent the progression of the disease and prevent complications such as organ damage and further tooth loss. Sometimes owners think their dog is "too old" or "too sick" for anesthesia and dentistry, but usually the benefits of relieving the infection and pain of oral disease far outweigh the risks of the procedure. Owners are often pleasantly surprised by how young and sprightly their older pet can behave after treatment for periodontal disease.
What makes healthymouthTM unlike any other dental care product on the market?
Research has shown that, contrary to popular belief, it is the accumulation of plaque, not tartar that induces an inflammatory response leading to gingivitis and dental disease. Proactive, daily use of the Patented formula, containing 100% natural ingredients and organic actives, has been clinically proven to clean teeth and gums, fight bad breath at its source and reduce plaque accumulation by 71.9 percent and 76.7 percent effectively in two clinical trials, Clinical studies also revealed exciting findings that plaque reduction continues to improve, the longer the product is used and that any remaining plaque is significantly softened, making the use of tooth brushing, chew-bones, or even dry wipes easier and more effective. HealthymouthTM is the only dental care water addtive on the market clinically proven to reduce plaque, the cause of inflammation leading to dental disease, by 71.9 percent and 76.7 percent effectively in two clinical trials, which is remarkable and more so because it does so without the inclusion of chemicals which is truly revolutionary. It is also the only dental care product pre-dosed and delivered in purified water requiring you to simply pour it in your dog's bowl.
Do you have clinical trials to support the claim that healthymouthTM reduces plaque?
Clinical trials were conducted in conjunction with Hemopet, a non-profit animal blood bank program that provides canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services throughout North America. According to W. Jean Dodds, DVM, President Hemopet: "Hemopet's healthy greyhounds of universal donor blood type play an important role in saving the lives of pets in need of blood transfusion products. It is imperative that they remain in optimum health so that the blood they provide is safe. In that regard, this breed is prone to accumulate plaque leading to dental disease, which could cause bacteria from inflamed gums to enter the blood stream. Hemopet participated in controlled clinical trials with healthymouthTM to evaluate a potentially natural, safe and effective dental care solution to improve and maintain our greyhounds' oral hygiene."
Dr. Dodds concludes: "These clinical trials, following VOHC protocol produced remarkable results in plaque reduction, with no digestion problems - made even more impressive given the absence of chemical agents, ingredients, and enhancers in the product."
What are the benefits of healthymouthTM?
It is highly effective (by 71.9 percent and 76.7 percent effectively in two clinical trials,) at reducing the accumulation of plaque, 100% natural, safe and very easy for owners to administer on a daily basis. As part of a complete dental program it can help extend the life of your dog up to five years.
Why do veterinarians recommend healthymouthTM?
Veterinary Dentists and Veterinarian generalists across the country recommend healthymouthTM because it is solves two major problems and addresses two crucial needs.
Drinking water additives currently on the market have little efficacy. The natural based products produce no results and the non-natural products produce limited results with the addition of chemicals that can have potentially harmful health effects on dogs.
HealthymouthTM is the only 100% natural solution with organic actives that has been clinically proven to clean teeth and gums, reduce plaque and fight bad breath at its source without any chemicals and safely.
The number one obstacle to home dental care is compliance by owners.
Many owners find it difficult to brush their dog's teeth, burdensome to have to measure and add an additive to their dogs' water every time they refill the bowl or simply don't have time in an already busy life to undertake a daily dental care routine. Every aspect of healthymouthTM was developed specifically to make non-compliance a word of the past. And compliance means that dogs benefit.
Lack of awareness, correct information and education.
HealthymouthTM is a company created by a dog owner for other dog owners. The website will become the leading community for dog owners to enter to find out the real facts about dental disease for their pets. In addition to commentary from the leading veterinary dentists and generalists in the world, there will be a sharing of information and stories from other dog owners who have experienced the effects of dental disease with their pets, treatment and response.
How does healthymouthTM keep a dog's mouth clean and healthier?
Dogs, like humans drink throughout the day and after eating. Each time they drink, healthymouthTM rinses and cleans the mouth and leaves a residual coating on the mouth that continues to fight the germs and bacteria that cause plaque to accumulate. This supports the clinical finding that the longer dogs use healthymouthTM the better the results.
Why is it important that healthymouthTM does not contain chemicals?
HealthymouthTM believes that for a product to be truly effective, it should be able to achieve results without chemicals that could potentially cause damage to other organs or other health problems.
Can a natural product be as effective as a product containing chemicals at reducing plaque?
Clinical trials have proven that not only can a natural product be as effective at reducing plaque as a product containing chemicals, it can be far more effective, as evidenced by 71.9 percent and 76.7 percent effectively in two clinical trials, reduction in plaque achieved. HealthymouthTM has created a win-win for pets and their owners: enabling a dog to have a healthy mouth through the use of a healthy product.
Why were these particular active ingredients selected?
HealthymouthTM's unique combination of actives, vitamins and natural minerals act individually and synergistically, producing an enhanced and residual effect on the inside of the mouth and dramatically reducing oxidation and bacterial load which reduces the formation of plaque. Key active ingredients include a potent but gentle natural plant enzyme, which breaks down and decreases the buildup of bad proteins reducing the chance for bacterial proliferation and lessening the formulation of plaque. Natural antioxidants provide heightened immune response, and natural healing agents reduce inflammation and initiate a cleansing action. Each ingredient in the formula is easily digested and absorbed, and unlike chewables, HealthymouthTM contains no fat, sugar or chemicals. It is designed to simply replace regular drinking water consumption with no dilution. For continued results it should be used daily.
How do I know that healthymouthTM is safe for my dog?
Over a 3 year period, over 600 greyhounds have had no digestion or stomach problems, diarrhea or any other adverse affects. These study dogs, being blood donors, are examined regularly with further ensured the safety of this product. In addition, it has ben proven safe on more than 4000 client owned dogs. Of course, as with all products, please read ingredients before administering to your dog to ensure no specific allergies to the ingredients.
What are the advantages of using healthymouthTM water daily versus giving a dog a chew bone?
Research has shown that, contrary to popular belief, it is the accumulation of plaque, not tartar that induces an inflammatory response leading to gingivitis and dental disease. If plaque is not accumulated then tartar which is hard and more difficult to remove will not be present. Each time HealthymouthTM is used it coats the mouth. Chew bones can fight tartar, but are not very effective against plaque. Chew bones contain a lot of calories and when used every day, this makes a difference in weight control of your pet. HealthymouthTM contains no fat, calories or sugar Proactive, daily use of the Patented formula, containing 100% natural ingredients and organic actives, has been clinically proven to clean teeth and gums, fight bad breath at its source and reduce plaque accumulation by 71.9 percent and 76.7 percent effectively in two clinical trials.
Does healthymouthTM freshen breath?
We want owners to understand that bad breath in dogs commonly referred to as "doggy breath" is not normal. It is one of the first, and most obvious signs, as it is in humans, that there is bacteria in the mouth which if not removed will lead to infection. Unlike other dental care products on the market advertising "will freshen breath" HealthymouthTM contains no breath masker which would only serve to hide an unhealthy mouth. Instead, healthymouthTM fights bad breath at its source. If your dog has bad breath, we want you to know it and to take your dog to your veterinarian for a dental examination and teeth cleaning.
Does healthymouthTM whiten teeth?
No, dental care for dogs is about health, not cosmetics. A product containing teeth whitening is not serious about dental care and most certainly contains potentially harmful chemicals.
Does healthymouthTM replace professional cleaning?
Absolutely not! Just as we recommend daily tooth brushing as the gold standard of care for a dog, we also recommend a minimum of one annual dental cleaning by a veterinarian. An in depth tooth and gum examination, dental x-rays and professional cleaning ensures there are no other health problems. In addition, we strongly recommend that you have your dog's teeth cleaned immediately before starting healthymouthTM. This is how healthymouthTM will produce optimal results for your dog's mouth.
If I brush my dog's teeth should I still use healthymouthTM?
Yes, daily tooth brushing used in conjunction with healthymouthTM will produce the best results. If you cannot brush your dog's teeth or your dog will not allow, try a dry wipe, piece of gauze or clean, dry washcloth, which a dog will usually permit. Simply wipe the teeth once a day. HealthymouthTM softens plaque so that it can easily be wiped away. If using a wipe is not possible either then just integrate healthymouthTM into your dog's daily routine simply by replacing regular drinking water with water with healthymouthTM.
Aren't all dental products aimed at reducing plaque the same?
No. Most dental products on the market contain potentially harmful chemicals and artificial ingredients. Most dental products are not effective at reducing plaque and NO dental product other than healthymouthTM has been clinically proven to reduce plaque by 71.9 percent and 76.7 percent effectively in two clinical trials, without chemicals. No other dental product is as easy to use as healthymouthTM. HealthymouthTM does not involve any messy gels or measuring of additive dosage. All you have to do is pour water and healthymouthTM into your dog's bowl replacing regular water.
If I feed my dog a dental diet or dental chews isn't that enough to keep its teeth cleaned?
No. Dental chews can scrap off tartar (calculus) from teeth and some plaque off of the gum line to varying degrees, but chews can do little to remove plaque under the gum line where inflammation occurs. HealthymouthTM prevents bacteria from adhering to teeth, so it significantly reduces plaque and therefore, tartar formation above and below the gum line. HealthymouthTM also softens existing plaque, increasing the benefits of dental chews.
What is the taste of healthymouthTM water?
HealthymouthTM is not flavored. It tastes like water with a slight grassy note. Dogs drink it like normal water - not more, not less. In clinical studies, there were no dogs that did not want to drink healthymouthTM.
What if my dog won't drink the water when I first introduce it to him?
Do not panic. The majority of dogs lap it up. However, dogs can be like children and do not like anything change in their routine. HealthymouthTM, because of its active ingredients is a pleasant apple green color. This is why some dogs hesitate at first. All you have to do is exceptionally add more water than usual to healthymouthTM for about the first week and integrate it more slowly so that at first it appears hardly green and then by week end it is up to the normal dose and color. Bet you dog will be lapping it up by this time!
Is healthymouthTM easy for dogs to digest?
Why is the water green?
HealthymouthTM is green due to the combination of the actives the chlorophyll. It is also perfectly normal if the urine of your dog has a slight greenish tint.
Does pet::ESSENTIAL healthymouthTM have the VOHC Seal of Acceptance?
Yes. HealthymouthTM for dogs is the FIRST and ONLY dental water additive to have received the VOHC Seal of Acceptance for plaque control in dogs.
How did healthymouthTM come to be developed?
After nearly losing her shih-tzu, Ping-Pong from dental disease Karen Albert, the creator of healthymouthTM and founder of healthymouthTM committed herself to developing a better and easier home care dental product to help herself and other pet owners extend the lives of their pets. After two exhausting, but rewarding years, healthymouthTM was born. Karen feels that she owes her dog's life to healthymouthTM "Using the water every day, in conjunction with regular cleanings, not only transformed Ping-Pong's mouth, but restored her energy and vitality," she says. "Today, at ten years old, my dog is like a puppy again. Recognizing that I am not alone in treating my pet as family, I am passionate about educating all pet lovers to what I learned the very hard way. The health and longevity of your dog begins with a healthy mouth."
How long was healthymouthTM in development?
HealthymouthTM came about after two years of research, development, testing, sourcing various combinations of actives, evaluating existing formulations on the market, developing several generations of formulations and independently re-testing, until we found exactly the results and benefits that would provide the highest efficacy coupled with the highest safety, without the use of supplemental, chemical ingredients potentially harmful to the health of a pet.
Why have you discontinued the packets and replaced them with the jugs?
It was the pet owners who told me that since they will be using healthymouthTM for the rest of their pets' lives, and because it is so simple to mix, they preferred to have more product and less packaging. To be honest however, I was intending to switch from jugs to packets so quickly until the filler of my packets, with no notice, informed me in February 2011 that they were doubling my price to fill each packet! With 30 or 60 packets to an order, I either would have had to raise my prices considerably (and already the prices of my 100% human grade ingredients has tripled) or close the business.
What are the advantages of the jugs versus the packets?
The jugs give you DOUBLE the amount of product for the same price. It is less packaging, more product and more environmental.
Will the packets ever be coming back?
Although the jugs will now remain the primary delivery system, I hope to be able to find another packet filler in the near future, and will bring them pack in a more limited quantity. The "healthymouth-to-go" packets will be a great add on product to be used when you are traveling with your pet. So stay tuned.
How much per day will it cost me to use a VALUE Jug for my dog?
The VALUE Jug will cost you approx .27 per day per pet.
How much per day will it cost me to use a SUPER SAVER Jug for my dog?
The SUPER SAVER Jug will cost you approx .22 per day per pet.
How much per day will it cost me to use an ECONO Jug for my dog?
The econo jug affords you the greatest savings and will cost you approx .15 per day per pet. As the formula is good for 24 months, even when it is opened and there is a 100% refund policy if your dog will not drink, this option gives you no risk, only economy.
I have a small dog. Does it make sense to purchase the econo jug?
Yes, the econo jug affords you the greatest savings, even if you have a small breed and will cost you approx .15 per day per pet. As the formula is good for 24 months, even when it is opened and there is a 100% refund policy if your dog will not drink, this option gives you no risk, only economy.
How long is the formula good for if the jug has not been opened?
How long is the formula good for if the jug has been opened?
What if my pet, even after integrating slowly over a couple of weeks won't drink it?
We offer a 100% refund policy if your pet will not drink the water.
What if you own a large breed dog?
Because of popular demand, healthymouthTM is now offering an ECONO-Pail for large breeds and multi-pet households.
How much healthymouthTM should a dog drink a day?
For optimal results, we recommend healthymouthTM be used daily on a continual basis. We understand that you cannot force an animal to drink and some drink more while others last. Benefits come from the daily, long-term use of the product no matter what the consumption level.
My dog doesn't drink much water. Can I pour the diluted product right into his dry or wet food, almost like a "healthymouth" gravy and will it still be effective?
Absolutely. We have solid evidence that healthymouth is effective when diluted (as if you are pouring into the water bowl), but instead added to the kibble at every meal-time. It can be used with hard kibble, wet food or even a raw food diet as I use it with Ping-Pong.
My dog is a puppy. Can I give him healthymouthTM?
Yes. Unlike most chew bones, healthymouthTM is safe and gentle enough for a puppy. It is never too early to practice preventive dental care. Recent studies have shown that dental disease in dogs is beginning earlier than age 3, as previously believed and even as early as 1.5 years in dogs.
How long should a dog remain on healthymouthTM?
HealthymouthTM should be an ongoing part of a preventative dental plan. The key to management of gum disease is prevention. As long as the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned frequently and plaque is inhibited from developing or adhering to teeth, the gums will stay healthy. Excellent oral health is maintained by a lifetime of daily oral hygiene. Clinical studies revealed that improvement continues the longer dogs remain on the water. Daily, long-term use of healthymouthTM will keep your dog's teeth clean and the gum tissues and bone around the roots healthy.
Can a dog drink too much healthymouthTM?
A dog drinks water when he/she is thirsty. HealthymouthTM is designed to be consumed like regular purified water. Clinical trials have proven that it is safe when consumed like regular water.
What if I am a crazy dog lover (like our founder Karen) and need a special request for delivery of my healthymouthTM? (Taking my dog on vacation or to the beach house and need it delivered elsewhere one month... Can you send a healthymouthTM Kit or gift certificate to my 300 pound boss for his teacup Yorkie?).
Where is healthymouthTM sold?
HealthymouthTM is distributed exclusively through veterinarians across the country. It is available online at healthymouth.com only as a plan B if your vet clinic does not carry it.
What is the shelf life of healthymouthTM when mixed in the one gallon container?
As long as the lid is kept tightly on the container and out of direct sunlight, it can stay in the container for up to 2 weeks.
What is the shelf life of healthymouthTM in my dog's bowl?
HealthymouthTM can stay in the bowl for more than one day without losing efficacy. I happen to believe that pets, like humans, prefer fresh water so just change out as you would regular water.
Does healthymouthTM have to be refrigerated?
No, it can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated based on your dog's preferences.
Will healthymouthTM stain the carpet?
That has not been our general experience, but for any liquid spilled on carpet, it is best to blot the stain, do not apply water, but immediately cover the stain with salt; let sit for several hours and vacuum.
Will healthymouthTM stain my white poodle's face?
No, simply wipe off the face with a wet paper towel or wash cloth.
There are some little particles in the water, what is that?
Any product that is 100% natural and contains organic fruit or vegetable actives and vitamins will often contain small particles. This is normal and in no way affects the integrity or safety of the product.
Can I give pet::ESSENTIALTM healthymouthTM to my cat?
Yes, if you have a mixed household you may give the dog formula to your cat and the cat formula to your dog. The cat formula contains taurine which is fine for a dog and a natural fish flavoring that most dogs like.
What is the recommended way to start my dog on healthymouthTM in order to reap optimal benefits?
- Make an appointment to get your dog's teeth examined and cleaned.
- Immediately after the teeth cleaning start your dog on healthymouthTM.
- It should simply replace your dog's drinking water.
- If you can brush your dog's teeth=even better. If not, try to wipe your dog's teeth once a day with a piece of dry gauze or a clean washcloth. Even dog's that fight a toothbrush will usually allow you to use a wipe.
- If you can't, dont beat yourself up. Doing something is always better than doing nothing. Clinical trials have proven that healthymouthTM used on its own will reduce plaque by 71.9 percent and 76.7 percent effectively in two clinical trials.
- If you want to also give your dog a chew bone, do so. Do be aware that many chews contain a high level of calories and if your dog tends to gain weight you might want to limit chews to once a week. As is clinically proven to soften plaque, use will only serve to increase the benefits of a chew bone.
- The longer your dog uses healthymouthTM, the better the results. It only takes a day for plaque to accumulate so if you do take your dog off of the healthymouthTM, even for a day, your dog's mouth and potentially overall health will be affected.