Mouth, Teeth, and Gums: Oral and Dental Pet Health

Oil Pulling

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Posted by Sandra (Southern France) on 10/14/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have a problem with chronic inflammation (that's how they explain that my tendonitis isn't healing). 2 days ago I have a sudden swelling in my upper jaw and and cheek (probably due to a cracked tooth???). Looking for a natural solution I found this site. What a WONDERFUL source for information!!!

I tried oil pulling for the first time last night (I mixed sunflower and olive oil). The swelling and pain are already reduced!!! I will definitely continue and report back. Good luck to you all!!

Raw Bones

4 User Reviews
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1 star (1) 

Posted by Mrsg (Jupiter, Fl, USA) on 06/13/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Giving my dog raw bones has helped clear the tartar build up on my dog's teeth. Even her vet said her teeth looked white. Thanks EC!

Replied by Carolyn
(Carrollton, Tx)
1 out of 5 stars


Good luck with that on a regular basis. I was giving our greyhound raw beef bones and he got a sliver caught in his intestines. Finally passed it with a cooked turnip and potato.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Carolyn!

How interesting your experience from mine. I've fed from toy breeds to giants raw bones for over 20 years and never had a complication with splinters. Perhaps its the cut of bone you fed? The O shaped marrow bones I find useless as teeth cleaners, same with the knuckles - they only serve to wear the teeth down prematurely. Rib bones and some steak bones have worked well for my pack. That said, I have introduced bones early on to my puppies and they learned from the onset to gnaw their bones rather than crush/splinter and swallow. I do believe early exposure allows for puppies to learn to gnaw bones rather than crunching them and wolfing them down.

Replied by Earlgrey
(New York, US)

I cured my cats naturally of mouth sores and this also works for other illness :

- rub 2% foodgrade Lugol's Iodine on the infected area twice a day for one week then once a day with a Q-tip-apply more often if severe infection

- add 3 drops of foodgrade Lugol's in a small bowl of water daily for 3 months then 2X a week, if cats very ill- daily

- sprinkle half cap 200mcg 3X a month in food

- sprinkle some psyllium husk powder once a week on food

- foodgrade DE on food daily for 2 months then 1X a week

- Cod Liver oil

- clean cats teeth with olive oiled Q-tip

- Nutrex Bioastin 12MG Hawaiian Astaxanthin- 2X a week on food

- Weruva Cat food

- Do not vaccinate pets- vaccines cause cancer

- Do not give antibiotics to cats, cause parasite overgrowth



Raw Bones
Posted by L (Whitefish, Mt) on 06/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

We have 3 big dogs - a chocolate Lab, a chocolate Newfoundland, and a Great Pyrenees/Bernese Mountain. We just had their regular vet visit and he was is awe over our dogs teeth. All of them are between 4-5 yrs. Old and their teeth are gleaming white, with no tartar at all. He asked what we did. We feed them half their food (high end kibble with no corn) am and then other half at noon. But at night we always give them a raw marrow bone to chew. We have a butcher that cuts them at 3" and we freeze them and give it to them frozen so it lasts longer. It also keeps them occupied at least a 1/2 hour, another bonus!

After reading so much on this site, however, I am going to start moving them and our 2 cats to an all raw diet.

Hope this helps someone with high vet dental bills!

Replied by Gracieuse
(Ut, Netherlands)
5 out of 5 stars

Yes! I've had my puppy, now six months of age, on a complete raw meaty bones diet, supplied with organ meat once a week. She's blazing with health, with pearly white adult teeth, doesn't smell.

For more info see

Also worked wonders with a cat suffering from various ailments (sneezing, bad teeth, bad coat, urinary issues).

Salivary Mucocele

Posted by Sandy (North East, Tx, Usa) on 06/04/2012

In search of a Natural Cure or at least a bit of help or advice. My Iris probly has .

We just need to save the money to get the test to find out for sure. But yes the bump is on the right side of her neck, not in the throat. We cannot afford $5,000 or more for surgery so I already have a place for back up to give her to who will give her the surgery of corse she'll be lost to us forever. Iris is part of the family and also has the job of getting us across the streets and driveways safely. She loves her job and looks foward to it everyday. Please help find a way to avoid surgery and get her back to normal. There has to be at least a person if not more who'll answer this honestly. If you find it in your heart to write anything Bless You.

Replied by Lilly
(Margate, Florida)

I have a 4yr old pit w/the same lump on her head, just behind her ear. I tied it off w/a string to cut off the blood flow. When it died or popped open I poured hydrogen peroxide on it, let it bubble. Then poured baking soda on it. Never took off the string. After it was gone and healed, the string fell off. Her black fur turned brown in that area but soon turned black again, never to return, she's almost 6 now. Thats what I did. good luck.

Replied by Nh Gardener
(Small Town, Nh, Usa)

For Sandy from East Texas re. Iris--I posted above, recommending you try food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) mixed with her raw apple cider vinegar-dampened food, starting with 1 tsp. Once a day, increasing gradually to 1 or 2 level or rounded tsps. 2 X/day. DE absorbs and eliminates toxins from the body, and is inexpensive. Check internet for sources. Gently melted coconut oil is helpful, starting with 1 tsp. Once a day in food, increasing to 1 tsp. Twice a day. If she likes it, no need to melt it. It's probably already melted this time of year in Texas anyway. If she were our dog, I'd also order calcium bentonite clay from a certain company website, also in Texas, and apply it to her neck as a poultice, if possible. The clay is very fine and draws toxins out. You hydrate the clay with a 2:1 mix of water to clay. Add clay to the water and let sit for several hours or overnight. Stir well. Make a slab 3/4 inches in depth, apply to swelling; cover with an herb leaf such as comfrey, or a tree leaf, then cover that with self-adhering plastic wrap, wrapped around Iris's neck to keep damp and hold in place. Change once or twice a day. Along with that, pray. All good wishes be with you and Iris. I think DE will help a lot.

Replied by Sandy
(North East, Tx, USA)

Thank You So Much! Iris thankfully went from a huge opening that was probly about 3 inches, you could even see her swallowing inside her throat, to a little tiny scabbed up hole. Since this can happen again to her I am printing out the note so I have it. I cant believe I cleaned her wound up to 6 times a day with hydrogen peroxide (just like I would me), switched her food to no grain or gave her homemade food, Iris loves Organic Coconut Oil! Now she has bacteria in her ear. I would rather deal with that though. Thanks!

Sardines for Mouth Sores

Posted by Kathryn9 (Owings. Md.) on 04/16/2014

Cat has had mouth sores off and on since I can remember. For awhile, enisypril lysine cat chews seemed to work. Then they stopped. I now use 1/2 tsp of real sardine packed in olive oil every other day. Problem solved once again!

Stained Teeth

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Posted by Kat (NC, US) on 08/27/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for this site. It has been a God send so many times for me and mine!

I read about using Colloidal Silver to help with my dog's teeth. His teeth were dark and full of plaque; I couldn't brush them well enough and they bled. Winston has an underbite and his teeth looked brown.

I use 1/2 tsp. Colloidal Silver per dish of water and add to his water about once per day. I don't add more until he drinks the whole thing. He weighs 35 lbs. I just got a non-name brand C.S. and it seems to work great!

Replied by Sylvia
(Az., US)

Olive oil has removed plaque off my dogs teeth. I have not taken my dog to the vet for teeth cleaning in 6 years and her teeth look great.

Just rub olive on their teeth and let it sit a few minutes and then use a tooth brush and a little tooth paste or wrap gauze around your finger and brush pets teeth. Be careful of the gauze my dog likes to lick it and you don't want them to swallow the gauze!


I sure hope you don't use human tooth paste. Swallowing it can be fatal to pets. The package says DO NOT SWALLOW So how dangerous is it for a small mammal.

Teething Remedies

Posted by Tucson_arizona (Tucson, Arizona, U.s.a.) on 05/16/2010

Need suggestions to help a puppy who is 3 months old and teething.

Thank you.

Replied by Annie
(Wpb, Florida)

I would check out Nylabones, which are very safe for puppies, especially if you don't want them eating raw hide bones at that age!

Replied by Rainman
(Central, Vt, Usa)

I don't care how old your dog is... do not ever (I mean EVER) give your dog rawhide. They are absolutely without a doubt poison. Not too mention a choking hazard. Do a good search.. you will find testimonials about dogs with pancreatitis and a slew of other issues from eating these chemical and bacteria charged chew toys. Just don't do it. I would say nylabones are safer... but, ask a few vets how many dogs he has seen with gum disease and injuries from obssesively chawing on these synthetic bones.

Melijda... look up raw meaty bones for teething. Not only is this good for teething... it is very healthy and NATURAL! RAW food is what god (mother nature) intended for our beloved pets... we should do as much as possible to see that they get what they need.

Replied by Janice
(Coloma, Mi)

I had a dog die about 10 years ago from pancreatitis. I didn't realize until years later that it could have been from the pigs ears I was giving her. Don't give your dogs those awful things. Now my present dog gets raw meat and raw bones and she's doing great.

Water Pik

Posted by Barb R (Norwood, ON Canada) on 12/07/2019

Just had one of our 9 kitties at the vets for a loose tooth. $400 later, and me refusing to allow 3 different aneathetics, 1 should due, she came home with a further diagnosis of needing more extractions. We have had 2 cats and a dog have major dental work done. I don't know about elsewhere, but vets in Canada are getting ridiculously expensive. We already follow earthclinic and have used coconut oil massaged with clean cloth into teeth and gums. So we now need to find something more aggressive for this cat, Millie, to avoid surgery and pain. My husband has been through root canal extractions and metal filling removal as prescribed in the great doc Root Cause. Dr Thomas Levy in his book, The Toxic Tooth says you can cure human dental conditions with a Water pik type device with hydrogine peroxide added to water. I am off to buy one for all of the animals. 7 cats and 2 dogs, and I'll let you know how it works. Will likely be a 2 person exercise.

Replied by Barb R
(Norwood, ON Canada)

Barb again. Forgot to mention we've been feeding raw recipes to all of our animals since 2003. For cats, great website called For dogs, searching BARF recipes will show a lot of info.