Dental Health With Diet And Nutrition
1. Raw Meaty Bones
Many believe that a raw food diet contains natural enzymes that help resist bacterial plaque. Many veterinarians and pet owners have seen healthier teeth and gums in dogs eating raw food diets and raw meaty bones.
- Nrf2 is a messenger protein that triggers a natural pathway in the body to stimulate antioxidant production. These antioxidants are very powerful enzymes such as glutathione, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase. They’re highly protective against free radicals and in reducing oxidative stress.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Low levels of the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) have been linked to periodontal disease in humans, and beneficial effects on periodontal health have been reported after supplementation of CoQ10 in the diet and with topical application onto the gums. Many holistic veterinarians recommend 1mg of CoQ10 per pound of body weight daily, which is much higher than the typical recommended dose of 15 to 30 mg per dog per day. Folic acid is another nutrient studied for its effects on oral health, such as preserving gum tissue and reducing the incidence of gingivitis and periodontitis. Organ meats contain folate and CoQ10, and CoQ10 is also in fatty fish.