Frequently Asked Questions
Dental disease is one of the most common health concerns in dogs. With a higher rate than most other common diseases, and potentially great health risks to your dog if left untreated it is imperative that we take this seriously. By age 3, 80% of dogs are likely to have gum or dental disease. This may begin with plaque buildup but if left untreated it can lead to periodontitis, gingivitis, and teeth loss.
Ideally, from 6 months old we should brush our dogs' teeth regularly (at least twice a day), but this does not usually happen. Chances are, leftover food and bacteria start to build until it becomes plaque which may progress to tartar and other conditions mentioned above.
Dental sticks for dogs are made to assist in preventing and reducing plaque and tartar build up and unwanted dental diseases from forming. We recommend giving your dog Bell & Bone Dental Sticks daily for optimal care, helping to reduce the likelihood of bacteria build-up sin your dog’s mouth.
Dental sticks for dogs are created so that when the dog chews on them, plaque and tartar should be removed from the teeth. There are two ways that this can occur: either from being hard enough to scrape plaque from the surface of the tooth or by activating the ingredients that are scientifically proven to prevent and reduce plaque and tartar buildup.
When a dental stick is just hard and contains no active ingredients only surface level plaque may be removed. This is definitely not the most effective way of caring for your dog’s oral health. Most brands of dental sticks unfortunately do not contain active ingredients which may be the reason for high rates of dental disease in dogs.
Bell & Bone Dental Sticks are one of the few Australian brands that contain active ingredients known to prevent and reduce plaque and tartar. Working with industry experts, Bell & Bone has included Sodium Tripolyphosphate and Zinc Sulphate in their range of dental sticks. These ingredients will activate when your dog chews on their dental stick to provide them with optimal oral care.
Bell & Bone Dental Sticks are quite different to most other brands in the market. Where they often include grains and fillers, preservatives, unnatural colours and flavours, sugar and salt... Bell & Bone makes sure they have nothing of the sort included in their formula.
Besides differentiating from other brands by including active ingredients known to prevent and reduce plaque and tartar, Bell & Bone Dental Sticks are also healthy and good for dogs. They have a protein first ingredient like Kangaroo, Salmon, Chicken, Duck and Lamb and are grain, filler, sugar and nasty free.
Bell & Bone Dental Sticks also include Mint and Parsley for fresher breath and a range of superfoods with natural oral health benefits for your dog. Manuka Honey acts as an anti-bacterial to help fight gum disease, Activated Charcoal is known to help whiten teeth and freshen breath, Seaweed can prevent and reduce plaque naturally and so on.
Bell & Bone Dental Sticks are full of natural vitamins and minerals such as protein, magnesium, iron, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids. There are also 3 hypoallergenic flavours for allergies and sensitive tummies – Kangaroo, Salmon and Duck.
We recommend reading the ingredient list before choosing your brand of dental sticks.
We recommend brushing your dog’s teeth daily as it is still the best thing you can do for your dog’s dental health. However, we understand that this is a challenge; therefore, dental sticks are a great replacement. They provide similar dental health benefits — please note that not all dental sticks do this, but Bell & Bone does due to the active ingredients.
Absolutely. Just like what was mentioned above, a simple bacteria and food leftover buildup on our dogs’ teeth could result in a severe dental disease; but what’s more alarming is that this isn’t the worst-case scenario. Once the bacteria underneath the gums have penetrated the bloodstream, the bacteria could spread into the dog’s internal organs, just like the heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, and kidneys. This would not only cost you a fortune penny-wise, but it could even cost you the life of your beloved dog. In this matter, giving your dog the proper dental care, just like buying him a dental stick is definitely worth it.
We recommend giving your pup Bell & Bone Dental Sticks from 6 months and older. The reason being is purely as our dental sticks are chewy and may pull out puppy teeth prematurely. The ingredient list is perfect for any age dog.
Once your pup is 6 months or puppy teeth have fallen out, we recommend daily care for optimal results.
As Bell & Bone Dental Sticks are chewy, they may pull out puppy teeth prematurely which is why we recommend giving them to your dog from 6 months and older. If you are however looking for something for your biting pup to chew on, we highly recommend our Bell & Bone Collagen Sticks for Puppies and Small Dogs. These sticks in comparison are harder and therefore won’t pull out teeth. They are full of nutrients that are perfect for puppies and will keep them occupied when looking for something to chew on.
Check them out here: https://bellandbone.com.au/collections/collagen-sticks