This past year, Irie had to have three teeth extracted which just killed us. She had cracked the teeth and had an abscess as well. Besides the pain and discomfort to Irie, it was so painful to us to watch her recover after the extractions. It’s also painful financially–the bill was close to $1,000 for the dental work.
But, even on a tight budget, we were happy to pay for her dental care because we know that good dental health is key for good overall health. Healthy teeth and gums provide a barrier to inflammation, blocking a means of access into the body. Poor gums can breed infection that can impact other parts of the body, including heart health.
We all know that brushing your dog’s teeth, while the optimum choice, isn’t always possible. Between dental cleanings, though, it’s important to keep your dog’s mouth clean. We recently had the chance to test Tooth to Tail, an antioxidant oral gel made in the USA for dogs and cats.
If you have to wrestle to brush your dog’s teeth, you’ll find application of Tooth to Tail very simple: your dog simply licks it off an old-fashioned tongue depressor. That’s it! Once a day, before your dog eats (we picked morning), you squeeze the gel onto the applicator. Our dogs are fairly large so they got a big dollop. Basically you dispense enough gel to cover the width of your dog’s tongue, 1/2 inch deep:
If your dog is an extremely picky eater, you can squeeze the gel straight into his mouth, otherwise you just offer your dog the applicator:
Irie loved the gel and licked it right off:
I’m glad to find an easy-to-use solution to the problem of keeping our dogs’ mouths clean and fresh!
But how does it work?
Tooth to Tail contains two kinds of powerful antioxidants: Ferulic acid (found in the seeds and leaves of plants and grasses such as wheat, rice and oats) and Phloretin (extracted from apple leaves). These work together with the antioxidants in your dog’s saliva to freshen your dog’s breath.
Tooth to Tail also uses antioxidants that adhere to oral tissues for a “time release” effect. These essential oils work to keep your dog’s mouth clean over a longer period of time. These include:
- Menthol. This organic compound from peppermint oil and other mint oils has cleansing and purifying properties.
- Thymol. Found in oil of thyme, this compound has powerful antioxidant properties. Together with menthol, it has been shown to support cleansing and deodorizing effects.
- Polylysine. Found in pet foods, polylysine inhibits yeast, mold and other detrimental micro-organisms.
- Chlorophyllin. Used for its deodorizing capabilities, chlorophyllin (made by extracting chlorophyll from cool season grasses like rye and fescue) contributes to fresh breath.