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Next to great nutrition,  the one thing caregivers can do to extend the quality and length of their pet’s life is to provide them with good dental care, both at home and professionally.    Regular home dental care is more important for your pet than for yourself.   You may wonder why I feel that way.   Well if you consider that dogs and cats age roughly 7 times faster than humans and that humans are advised to have their teeth clean every 6 months (even when no tartar is visible)  then in order to clean our dog and cat’s teeth proportionately as often we would need to give them a  prophylaxis a little over once a month.    Of course this is obsurd and impracticle to say the least, so most veterinarians compromise and recommend once a year cleaning.      This recommended frequency for a dental prophylaxis equates to cleaning our own teeth once every 14  years .    Can you imagine what your hygenist would say if you came in for your once every 14 year teeth cleaning and told her you had not brushed since the last one.   Given the above information,  you can now understand that,  because of the proportionately greater length of time between teeth cleanings, your pet’s need for home dental care is more important  than your own.

Understand that tartar is a great breeding ground for bacteria and bacterial toxins.    These bacteria and toxins are easily absorbed into you  pet’s circulation  where they pass, via the blood stream, to the liver, kidney, and heart.   Once reaching these vital organs,  the toxins produce unseen damage on a regular day after day basis.    In the begining no symptoms  are noticed but after 5 or 10 years of progressive toxic  damage, organ injury reachs the point  where  the organ  can no longer function properly.    At first there are only abnormal blood tests with no symptoms but as damage progresses  physical symptoms appear.    It often appears to  care giver  that their pet just became sick when, in truth, he or she had been sick for several years.

My point is that daily home dental care is essential in reducing toxic and free radical damage to your pet’s vital organs.     If you simply rely on the annual professional dental prophylaxsis to get rid of your pet’s tartar and do nothing in between  you will have allowed considerable irreparable  damage to occur in the interim.

You response to my above recommendation might be,  ”Dr. Simon, that’s all well and good but I don’t have time to struggle with my dog or cat on a daily basis”.   My reply is that there are a number of  approachs  that make daily dental care easy.    The one I recommend is that my clients use a product known as “Maxigaurd Oral Gel”.   The gel is really a solution of zinc vitamin C which when simply smeared on the upper gums will reduce the build up of tartar,  bacteria and their toxins.   Once getting use to using it,  the process should take no more than 30 seconds.   This daily dental hygiene is part of our overall dental program that includes an annual dental cleaning.  Daily oral vitamin C tablets and Coenzyme Q10 will go along way to encourage healthy gums


Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional and alternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at

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