When dental problems in dogs arise, teeth must be treated by a veterinarian but herbs can help to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, pyorrhea, tooth abscesses and mouth sores in dogs and cats. Long before toothbrushes made of plastic were developed, roots like Marshmallow and Licorice were used to clean teeth. Licorice root for instance can be prepared very easily, simply by peeling the bark off one end and flaying the fibers.
The natural root or twig toothbrushes can be used many times. When the end wears or becomes dirty just cut it off and peel the bark and begin a new end to work with.
After brushing your dogs teeth, rub fresh Sage leaves, over the teeth and gum line, it will cleanse and strengthen the teeth and gums. Sage is a common ingredient in tooth-powders. Sage is particularly tonic and stimulating to the gums and mucous membrane in the mouth. Sage is a popular culinary herb as well and can be easily grown in your garden or as a potted plant.
Sometimes dietary supplements are needed to protect and heal the gums. Vitamins (especially vitamin C and vitamin E), and antioxidants like CoQ10 are often prescribed to promote gum health and to protect the heart.