Applying or consuming Manuka Honey is able to reduce tooth decay from occurring.
The University of Otago, New Zealand, performed research on antibacterial activity of Manuka Honey regarding oral care. This research discovered a vast amount of benefits regarding its battle to forms of oral bacteria.
Most common harmful bacterias are;
- Plaque formation
- Tooth Decay
- Gum Disease
The point in this study was to assess the antibacterial effect of Manuka Honey against oral microorganisms in order to explore its potential use in periodontal treatment. When comparing the Manuka and White clover honey with minimum inhibitory concentration and minimum bacterial concentration against various oral bacteria species, results were in favour towards Manuka Honey having the greater efficacy. Although both were bacteriostatic against all microorganisms, Manuka Honey is most effective in the areas of plaque associated species.
Manuka Honey would be an effective approach to periodontal treatment to not just humans but also pets. Due to the intensity of antibacterial activity and high levels of efficacy, Manuka Honey can eliminate the harmful bacteria, the same way for humans. Often household pets suffer from periodontal disease (bacterial infection of the mouth) making gums inflamed and destroying the bone that surrounds the teeth.
How do we look after our pets teeth and oral care to minimise the forms of periodontal diseases?
Visit your vet!
Household dental care isn’t always the way to approach issues regarding your pets oral care, especially if you are unsure of the effects or damages it may have! Some pets are subject to teeth removal and cleaning at which they will need the correct dental equipment to do so. Ensure you reach out to your local vet and ask for a general health check!
Brush their teeth like your own!
Use a specifically designed pet toothbrush or a soft bristle toothbrush and apply ONLY veterinary formulated toothpaste. This is to prevent irritation to the stomach after your pet swallows. Brush the front teeth of your pet first to allow them time to get used to it. If possible, brush your household pet’s teeth around 3-4 times a week.
Although brushing can make a difference to your pets oral care, it can be challenging at times as some pets just do not like it!
Chewable objects and toys!
In particular for dogs, there are chew toys designed to adhere to these problems. From dental toys, bones and rawhide chews, most are able to help with oral care and elimination of harmful bacteria. With bones it is always wise to ask your vet first what time is recommended for your pet, as it can cause issues if not prepared properly!
For cats, chewable objects aren’t as fun or entertaining as they are for dogs! To provide oral care, cats need to be encouraged to chew more before they swallow. Large chunks of raw meat are able to do this. Just remember, meat isn’t a completely balanced diet! Ensure commercial cat food is added to the mix also! The dry biscuits can help scrape the plaque formation off their teeth. There are also specific dry foods your local veterinarian practice can provide to your pet needs - so reach out to them!
What to look for regarding your pets health concerns:
- Yellow-brown tartar
- Bleeding gums
- Red, inflamed gums
- Bad breath
- Difficulty chewing
- Excess drooling
- Change in eating habits
- Pawing at the mouth or rubbing the face against the floor or furniture
If you are ever unsure about your pets oral health, please reach out to your vet and ask for advice!