Before you read this, please forgive me if I sound like a used car salesman! I get very excited about my products and am especially thrilled when I make something that reverses a health problem that I have (or someone I know has) been dealing with for many years. This is one of those products.
I am so excited to unveil this product, as it was born from a genuine problem in my life. My 9-year-old dog has suffered from periodontal disease his entire life. He has had his teeth professionally cleaned several times (which is extremely expensive, as well as upsetting, as I hate leaving my baby at the vet alone all day!), and I have brushed his teeth semi-regularly (not every day, I admit it) for years. His teeth never remained healthy, despite the tooth brushing, and his gums were constantly red, swollen and bleeding from the slightest irritation. I was so fed up by this and worried about him that I started doing some research.
It turns out that commercially made dog toothpastes are made with glucose (or other sugars) and glycerin, both of which adhere to the teeth and gums ATTRACTING tartar and bacteria! This, of course, creates more gum disease and increases the chances that your dog may lose his teeth!
I was angry and horrified about this, as I have spent so much money on dog toothpaste, without ever reading the ingredient (so unlike me) or wondering whether or not the toothpaste is actually effective (which I should have noticed, since after all these years, my dog’s teeth have gotten worse, not better).
One of the first things I changed was tossing that toothpaste and replacing it with a mixture of aloe vera and peroxide. (If you like, you can make a paste of this with baking soda, which helps get to that tartar, but many dogs will HATE the salty flavor, and the baking soda can further irritate already-irritated gums, which you don’t want. So experiment carefully.)
The second thing I did was to start treating his irritated gums – something I honestly didn’t have much hope for, as his gums have been fighting infections all his life. I tried some herbal treatments that are famous for healing gum disease including myrrh, calendula and chaparral.
To my shock – it worked. Not that I don’t believe in herbal healing. I have believed in the power of plants my entire life. But I couldn’t believe the miracle I witnessed (believe me, it’s been a long, hard journey taking care of my little dog’s teeth!). Within two weeks, I saw a marked decrease in swelling, redness and bleeding (and bad breath!). It has only been about two months since I started this treatment, and I’m not sure it will entirely cure my dog – he has a VERY severe case of periodontal disease that has haunted him (and me) his whole life. But I am so happy with the progress we have made and how much he has healed.
If you are struggling with this problem with your dog, as well, you can check out my Clean Canines spray here, or experiment with herbal infusions and tinctures on your own. Your dog will thank you!