Making it easy to maintain better dental care for your patients.
Bell & Bone exists to empower, educate and support pet owners committed to raising healthy and happy pups.
TRANSPARENCY IS INTEGRAL TO THIS PHILOSOPHY.
Bell & Bone creates purposeful chews with a natural and healthy ingredient list in the aim of giving dogs a healthier and happier life.
Bell & Bone is a brand with uncompromising values. Arianne, the Founder and Owner, is determined to make a much-needed positive impact on the pet food industry.
Today, we look for solutions that give dogs the best chance at a long and healthy life. We choose functional ingredients with high nutritional value and look for quality over convenience wherever possible.
The importance of daily dental care.
Periodontal disease (PD) is one of the most common diseases seen in veterinary medicine in cats and dogs, with a prevalence that approaches 80%. (1)
Daily tooth brushing is the gold standard approach to home dental care for pets; however, owner compliance is one of the biggest blockades for maintaining dental health amongst patients.
Evidence suggests that the regular feeding of specialist dental chews or prescription dental diets will contribute to the control of plaque and tartar, without the difficulties associated with manual tooth brushing. Ideally, a daily dental home care programme should be a key part of every dog owner’s routine.
1. Niemiec B, 2008 “Periodontal Disease.” Top Companion Anim Med. 23: 72–80. doi: 10.1053/j.tcam.2008.02.003 2. Wiggs RB, Lobprise HB, 1997 “Periodontology” In:Veterinary dentistry, principals and practice: Philadelphia. Lippincott Raven. pp. 186–231.
Not all dental sticks are made equal.
The majority of dental chews work solely through mechanical action, which will assist to some degree. However, a truly effective chew will provide mechanical AND chemical modes of action against dental disease.
Bell & Bone Dental Sticks are formulated with industry experts to contain two active chemical ingredients Sodium Tripolyphosphate (STPP) and Zinc Sulphate. At a combined amount of 2.75% after flash off, these ingredients are known to prevent and reduce plaque and tartar when sticks are given daily.
The texture and shape of dental diets and dental sticks encourage chewing to provide gentle abrasion on the teeth. The impact of a brushing effect can help reduce the build-up of dental plaque and calculus leading to periodontal disease. Bell & Bone Dental Sticks are moulded into a 3-pronged shape, specifically designed to encourage gnawing behaviour to increase mechanical action.
Polyphosphates constitute a wide variety of compoinds that have beneficial effects on oral health, the most effective of these being hexametaphosphates, tripolyphosphates and pyrophosphates. The efficacy of sodium tripolyphosphates in curbing the development of calculus is well known and clinically validated. Calcium [Ca2+] cations in the saliva are required for the mineralisation step by which plaque is converted into calculus, and polyphosphates work to interfere with this step.
Zinc compounds have been clinically proven to help prevent plaque accumulation due to its antimicrobial activity.
Comparing the effectiveness of an oral hygiene chew containing STPP and zinc salts in small breed. Dogs
receiving the daily oral chew had significantly less dental calculus [45.8%] and plaque accumulation [17.3%] compared with the dogs that did not receive the chew. [Fig 1 & 2]
Comparing the effect of polyphosphates in preventing calculus accumulation in dogs showed that dogs consuming a diet that included 0.7% STPP had on average a 55% reduction in mouth calculus scores. [Fig 3]
Bell & Bone vs the competition
Firstly, what’s in Bell & Bone?
Chicken Ingredient List:
Chicken (24%), Tapioca, Sweet Potato, Vegetable Binder, Coconut, Mint (4%), Guar Gum, Seaweed Powder (1.5%), Chia, Parsley, Vegetable Protein, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Mineral Salt, Acacia Tree (gum), Antioxidant, Vegetable Oil, Zinc Sulphate.
Bell & Bone Dental Sticks are Australian owned and made in Melbourne, using local high quality ingredients
Comparing two market leading brands large size dental sticks against Bell & Bone large dental stick - Chicken flavour:
Suitable for different dietary requirements and health conditions!
Each Bell & Bone Dental Stick has 1 protein as the first ingredient: Kangaroo, Chicken, Lamb, Salmon
GRAIN & GLUTEN FREE
Tapioca and sweet potato used for binding to cater to allergy prone dogs
Hypoallergenic varieties to cater to allergy prone dogs, such as the Kangaroo and Salmon flavours
Low fat to cater for weight management requirements: all flavours contain less than 2.7% fat. The Kangaroo flavour is only 1.8%!
All flavours contain less than 282 kcal/100g. When giving a dental chew every day, calories can really add up. This is why Bell & Bone strives to keep their dental stick calories as low as possible to help pet owners keep their dogs at a healthy weight!
If you want dental sticks for your furry friend without any preservatives, fillers, salt, sugar, or unnatural colors and flavors, then Bell & Bone is the brand for you. Their active ingredients can prevent plaque and tartar buildup, and their dental sticks are healthy for dogs with protein as the primary ingredient, such as Kangaroo, Salmon, Chicken, Duck, and Lamb, and without any grains, fillers, or nasty ingredients.
Furthermore, Bell & Bone Dental Sticks have a variety of superfoods with natural oral health benefits for your pup, such as Manuka Honey that can fight gum disease, Activated Charcoal that can whiten teeth and freshen breath, and Seaweed that can naturally prevent and reduce plaque buildup. These dental sticks are also rich in natural vitamins and minerals, including protein, magnesium, iron, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids. If your dog has allergies or a sensitive tummy, you can choose from three hypoallergenic flavors: Kangaroo, Salmon, and Duck. And, Mint and Parsley are included to keep your pup's breath fresh.
Interested in learning more?
Check out our article on Bell & Bone Dental Sticks and see for yourself why they're so good!
Vet Endorsed By
Dr. Kelly Halls - Bentons Rd. Vet
"To improve dental health, we want to provide mechanical cleaning of the teeth through gentle abrasion. We want safe and natural ingredients, like those found in Bell & Bone.
Bell & Bone choose active ingredients in their dental sticks that have been clinically proven to be safe and effective in reducing plaque and bad bacteria."
- Dr. Kelly Halls.