Innovative Ingredients For Dog Oral Health Supplements

Apr 10, 2024

Let’s talk about your dog’s mouth. It’s not just about those goofy grins or slobbery kisses; it’s about their health from the gums down. Good dental care for dogs is super important—and it’s about way more than avoiding stinky breath (though that’s awesome too). It’s about keeping them healthy, from the inside out. To do that, we look to innovative science, which gives us some cool ways to tackle tartar, plaque, and more. We don’t just focus on ingredients that are about cleaning, but also about boosting dog health in a big way. It’s the kind of science that we get excited about because we’re always looking for the best, holistic ways to care for our dogs!

Gut Health And Oral Health In Dogs Are Connected

Current research increasingly acknowledges the connection between gut health and oral health in dogs, which just goes to show how intricately connected those aspects are to a dog’s well-being. This holistic understanding continues to forge ahead new oral health products for dogs, including those tailored to address gut health as a means to improve dental hygiene.

Compared to most traditional dental chews, which may focus solely on the mechanical removal of plaque and tartar through abrasive action, there is evidence to suggest that a multifaceted approach, including probiotics and natural ingredients, can be beneficial for oral health and may also improve gut health in dogs. These products create a balanced oral microbiome, which is a key factor in maintaining dental and digestive health​​.

Dental chews specifically designed for oral health can reduce plaque, calculus and tartar, and stinky breath while also avoiding the dangers often associated with alternatives like rawhide chews, beef bones, and antlers. These may present choking hazards or cause teeth fractures, and many dental chews also have ingredients that aren’t great for a dog’s gut health.

How Are A Dog’s Gut And Oral Health Connected?

The connection between gut health and oral health in dogs is rooted in their microbiome, the community of microorganisms living in their gastrointestinal tract. This microbiome has critical functions in nutrition, metabolism, and immune response. Dysfunction in this microbiome, known as dysbiosis, has been linked to various diseases both in humans and animals. Research suggests that maintaining a balanced gut microbiota is essential for overall health, and this includes focusing on their oral health.

Probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria, have been found to positively affect gut health and can help alleviate intestinal diseases and disorders in dogs. This is particularly relevant when you consider the ingredients in dog oral health products. A healthy gut microbiota can influence the overall health and, potentially, the oral health of the dog, and many ingredients in traditional chews may not be great for their guts or their mouths. That’s why we want to use innovative, effective, and natural ingredients when we work on helping our dog’s oral health.

Innovative Ingredients That Research Backs

When we created Charming Chompers, we wanted to get to the root of oral health problems. Traditionally, that’s a surface focus, on the teeth and mouth, and what you can see and smell.

But we design all our products for our own dogs. We always want to use the most current and research-backed ingredients that get to the root of any problem. We’ve learned that the gut is always where issues start and are resolved, and so even when creating a dental chew, we wanted to start there because science shows such a strong connection between oral health and overall health.

A healthy dog gut means a healthy mouth and vice versa. The bacteria in your dog’s belly can affect their breath and their overall well-being. We used a holistic approach and included ingredients that don’t just scrub teeth but support a thriving gut environment too.

For us, it’s all about creating balance in the body. We use innovative ingredients that are grounded in science but also create balance from the inside out. We go past just dog dental health, because if your dog’s going to be chewing something for their teeth, shouldn’t it help their overall health too? That’s our thought behind meticulously choosing each and every ingredient. Our dental chews not only promote oral hygiene but also boost gut health, which sets the stage for long-term health benefits for your best friend.

How Bernie’s Charming Chompers Improve Gut HealthPhoto: A Jack Russell Terrier smiles at the camera as it lays in a field.

Bernie’s Charming Chompers are formulated with ingredients known for their prebiotic and probiotic properties, essential fibers, and nutrient-rich profiles. These components work synergistically to support your dog’s healthy gut microbiome, which is crucial for its absorption of nutrients. This affects how your dog synthesizes certain vitamins and their overall immune response.

  • Prebiotics, like inulin, provide nourishment for beneficial gut bacteria. The flourishing of these bacteria supports a balanced gut microbiota, which is pivotal for optimal digestive health.
  • Probiotics contribute beneficial bacteria that enhance the gut flora, further promoting digestive health and enhancing the immune system’s ability to protect your dog. We use strains that make it past your dog’s harsh stomach environment and can really grow and thrive for their best health.
  • High-quality fibers from sources like pumpkin and sweet potato help the mechanical cleaning of teeth and support their regularity in bowel movements and gut lining health. This helps create a barrier against pathogenic microbes.
  • Healthy Base Ingredients:
    • Sweet Potato: Chosen for its nutritive benefits, sweet potato is a digestible carbohydrate source that’s rich in fiber, and supports both oral and gut health
    • Real Turkey: Provides high-quality protein essential for muscle maintenance and overall health. Not to mention, it tastes delicious!
    • Pumpkin: It’s considered a go-to ingredient for addressing various digestive issues, and that’s because it’s a fiber that soothes your dog’s gut while also adding in micronutrients for better health.
    • Blueberries: Rich in antioxidants, blueberries support systemic health and contribute to a robust immune system​

And of course, Charming Chompers do this while they work to scrape the plaque and tartar off your dog’s teeth for cleaner, fresher oral health.

Long-term Health BenefitsPhoto: A woman gives her mixed Brindle dog a kiss while she's working.

Our innovative ingredients go much further than keeping your dog’s oral health in line. They help improve immunity, offer more energy, and can even help your dog’s mental health!

  • Immunity: A healthy gut microbiome plays a critical role in the development and function of the immune system. A well-balanced gut can help fend off infections, reduce inflammation, and even decrease the likelihood of developing certain chronic diseases.
  • Energy: Proper digestion and nutrient absorption, which is facilitated by a healthy gut, makes sure that dogs have the energy they need to thrive. We created Charming Chompers to support gut health and directly contribute to higher energy levels and vitality for your best friend.
  • Mood: Emerging research suggests a strong link between gut health and mood, often called the “gut-brain axis.” A healthy gut microbiome can positively affect neurotransmitter activity, potentially leading to improved mood and behavior in dogs.

We fully recognize the interconnectedness of oral hygiene, gut health, and overall well-being. That’s why we only use innovative ingredients that are also focused on gut health–so we can offer fresher breath and cleaner teeth, but also help your dog be healthier and happier.

At the heart of Bernie’s Charming Chompers is a deep love for dogs and a commitment to their well-being that goes far beyond the surface level of cleaner teeth and fresher breath. Our mission is fueled by more than just a passion for dog health; it’s driven by a deep desire to extend our furry friends’ joy and companionship by keeping them in our lives longer. We’re all about maximizing those moments by enhancing the overall health and longevity of dogs everywhere.

Charming Chompers: Comprehensive Care Beyond Just Freshening Breath

We see dental care not as an isolated aspect of a dog’s health but as a window to their overall well-being. That’s why Bernie’s Charming Chompers were created–we want the best, most holistic approach for our own dogs’ overall health. Our chews are designed to provide comprehensive care, using ingredients backed by the latest science to support gut health, immune function, and energy levels—all through the simple act of your dog enjoying what they consider a treat.

It’s our belief that true care for dogs goes beyond what you can see (or smell). By focusing on gut health as a pathway to improved oral health, we address the whole dog, from the inside out. This not only leads to fresher breath and cleaner teeth but also contributes to a stronger immune system, better digestion, and enhanced mood and energy levels. We believe that every ingredient, every chew, and every feeding moment should contribute positively to your dog’s life.

We’re a team that loves dogs and wants the best for them. Our goal is to see dogs not just live life but thrive, with years added to their lifespan and life added to their years. Charming Chompers aren’t just chews for us; they’re part of our promise to you and your furry family members to prioritize their health and happiness above all.


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