• Ruby Balaram
  • Head of Operations at Real

  • 2 minutes read time
  • 3 Hassle-free Ways to Clean your Dog’s Teeth

    Did you know… over 75% of dogs over the age of three have periodontal disease?

    We’re not just talking built up plaque and tartar, although, that is where it starts. Canine periodontitis is a bacterial infection of the mouth. It starts with plaque and mildly inflamed gums which can worsen to gum disease (gingivitis), and can end with severe infection (periodontitis), ultimately resulting in bone and/or tooth loss.

    Fortunately, there’s a way to give your dog FREE and natural at-home cleanings to help prevent your dog from getting dental disease.

    1. Raw Meaty Bones. That’s right. Nature’s toothbrush comes in a variety of proteins. RMBs are edible cuts of raw meaty bones that your pup uses to scrap built up plaque off by ripping meat off the bones. They are soft, non-weight bearing and fully digestible. Scraping the meat off not only acts as a dental tool for your dog, but they will also benefit from all of the nutrients of the bone itself, including calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. They should be fed raw, and should be at least 2x the size of your dog’s mouth. Examples of safe choices to feed a small/medium sized dog would be beef and pork ribs, lamb neck bones; bigger dogs have turkey necks and lamb ribs.

    2. Recreational Bones. These are the types of bones that can be chewed on but not consumed. Your dog will still get a great brush and floss cleaning by tearing meat off the bone as well as mental stimulation - the challenge of getting that last piece off! Recreational bones should be discarded once the meat is removed. An example of recreational bones are knee, hip and marrow bones.

    3. Air-Dried Chews. Similar to RMBs, but much cleaner and more convenient, air-dried chews can provide similar teeth cleaning benefits and stimulation. Real Dog Box makes and delivers a monthly box of air-dried chews right to your door. Every month you get a new variety of freshly dried chews to give your dog something exciting and save you from going out and choosing which meaty chews are right for you.

    The truth is, those artificially colored dental treats just won’t do the job. By feeding raw meaty bones, recreational bones or scaling your dog’s teeth a couple times a week, you’ll be saving yourself a trip to the dentist and preventing an ugly infection.

    Sign up for Real Dog Box now and get giving your dog’s a weekly cleaning with their chews. Mention this article at checkout and get a FREE super chew in your first box!

    Photo Credit: Louis the Jindo, Real Member