Dog Dental Health with Dr. Emily Stein on Your Natural Dog Podcast

teef dog dental health dr. emily stein on your natural dog podcast with angela ardolino

Sometimes, our pet’s oral health and hygiene are forgotten and that’s a problem. Just like us, keeping our mouth clean and healthy is not only keeping our breath smelling nice – it’s preventing other health problems that could arise. For this week’s episode of Your Natural Dog with Angela Ardolino, we got the chance to sit down with Emily Stein, Ph.D., and founder of TEEF!, smart, proactive oral health for pets. Emily joins us to talk about the importance of oral health and hygiene in our pets.

Episode Recap: 

  • Dr. Stein’s Journey to TEEF
  • Tinzley the Rescue’s Story
  • Signs of Distress and Oral Infection
  • The Oral Microbiome
  • How TEEF works
  • Natural Products and Plant Medicines 
  • The Immune System

Dr. Stein’s Journey to TEEF!

Dr. Stein rescued Tinzley, her dog, from a shelter at 10 years old. Tinzley had multiple health conditions that were all caused by poor dental care. “No one could have communicated how bad Tinzley’s breath was.” says Dr. Stein. 

From the horrible breath and the other symptoms of distress Tinzley was showing – Dr. Stein knew oral bacteria was the source of Tinzley’s eye and bladder infections, skin irritations, and lack of energy. 

Tinzley is a great example of how dental issues and bad hygiene can turn into way worse health concerns in the future. Pet oral health is important and Dr. Stein needed to do something. 

Symptoms of Oral Health and Dental Issues

Dr. Stein knew there were issues when she could see the distress signs all over her dog Tinzley. Some symptoms to look out for in your dog are:

  • Panting a lot more than usual
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Laziness (laying around more than usual)
  • Not food motivated (not eating meals the way your dog usually does)
  • Horrible breath

Natural Options For Gum Disease

First off, gum disease is more common than we think, in both humans and dogs. Gum Disease in our dogs is a mixture of inflammation and infection in the gums that can cause the teeth to physically fallout. Plus, over 80% of dogs will experience Gum Disease in their lifetime!

Unfortunately, one of the main causes of Gum Disease in our dogs is their diet and the chewable’s that are supposed to be for our dog’s mouth. The chemicals and non-natural ingredients in these products and food are just making it worse.

That’s why Dr. Stein and her team have developed an approach to grow the beneficial protective bacteria in the mouths of both humans and dogs. How do they do this? Natural Nutrients!

Building a healthier microbiome over time with the right nutrients creates a healthier mouth in return. “We found this to be a better and faster approach to an antibiotic.” said Dr. Stein

Related: CBD for Periodontal Disease


TEEF! is the natural product created by Dr. Stein for our pet’s oral hygiene and health.

The easy-to-use powder goes right into your dog’s water and gives them the nutrients they need for a healthy mouth. The powder formulation for pets is called Protektin, a combination of 4 natural ingredients to promote a healthy mouth. The 4 ingredients are:

  1. Soluble Fiber (helps get rid of bad bacteria)
  2. Amino Acid (Prevents plaque buildup and bacteria odor)
  3. Vitamin (increases beneficial bacteria)
  4. Sodium Bicarbonate (Strengthens and whitens teeth)

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About Angela Ardolino

Angela Ardolino Author PhotoAngela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert and educator who has been caring for animals for over 20 years. Angela owns and operates Fire Flake Farm, a rescue animal sanctuary farm, and two locations of her natural pet salon and shop Beautify the Beast. She’s also the founder and formulator of CBD Dog Health, which offers high quality, all-natural cannabis health and wellness products for pets; Your Natural Dog, an online resource for natural pet products and healthcare techniques from trusted holistic veterinarians & pet experts; and MycoDog, which creates and produces high-quality medicinal mushroom and adaptogen tinctures specifically for pets.

Accordingly, she has used CBD Dog Health’s Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, and now MycoDog mushroom extracts, on all her pets at her rescue farm every day since 2016. Angela has Odie, a 16-year-old mini-schnauzer, as well as Jolene, Maza, and Rhemi. In addition, she has 4-10 more any time she is fostering or boarding. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the Veterinary Cannabis Association. In fact, Angela has educated hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians on the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals.

Emily Stein

About Emily Stein

With her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California – Dr. Stein studied stress responses and community development in bacteria. Along with her Ph.D., Dr. Stein also received her B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Iowa and she completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Immunology & Rheumatology at Stanford. She brings a unique scientific background that spans molecular biology, microbiology, and molecular and cellular immunology.

Along with her amazing science and education background, Dr. Stein is a great entrepreneur. Dr. Stein is the founder & CEO of Primal Health, LLC and creator of the great product TEEF! Primal Health is a biotech company focused on alleviating oral health disparities and improving the quality of life and longevity for its customers. They reach their mission by producing innovative, cost-effective oral care products centered on re-engineering disease-causing bacterial biofilms into those that are health-promoting.