On this section of our website you will find information on Dog Dental Care.
The health of your dog is very important and there are many things to remember when taking care of your dog. One of which is dog dental care. There are a number of dental problems that can occur in dogs and you must keep a check of your dog in order to spot if any of these problems appear.
One condition is called periodontitis which is a gum disease. It is very common amongst dogs in particular around the age of two or three. This disease is also refered to as periodontal disease and there are a number of factors that can lead to it appearing. Anything from food debris, bacteria and cell mucus can all cause this condition. A symptom is a milky white film on the dogs gums and teeth. This film can then mix with the dog’s saliva and leads to tartar, which can be very hard to get rid of. Another gum disease is known as gingivitis and occurs when inflammation goes untreated. If not spotted earlier, this can lead to periodontitis as outlined above.
Other consequences include bone loss, teeth loosening and loss of teeth in the worse cases. Dogs do sometimes have a habit of chewing hard substances which can cause tooth fractures.
Endodontic disease can then result which is an infection within the broken tooth. Many of these dog dental problems can be resolved by getting rid of the plaque prior to it developing into tartar. This can be done by regular brushing of your dog’s teeth which will reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth. An added bonus is that your dog’s breath will smell fresher.
If possible brush your dog’s teeth daily. If you go to a pet shop, you will be able to find some specially made dog toothpaste. You can use this every day and it is designed so that dogs can swallow it and will not damage them. Combine the toothpastw with a toothbrush for the best results, be aware though that you must allow your dog some time to get used to the idea of having their teeth brushed. They need to get used to feeling a little uncomfortable at first but they should realise that they are not being harmed.
If you do not wish to carry out these cleaning methods yourself, you can go and find a professional dog groomer who will do it all for you. Take care when hiring someone and watch them closely to see if they are being gentle with your dog and treating them with care.
Try to check your dogs teeth on a regular basis so that any problems can be spotted straight away. You are giving your dog the best chance of recovering from any problems or diseases if you spot the problem early and get it treated. Dog mouthwash is also an option which you can discuss with your veterinarian to see if they recommend any products that wash your dog’s mouth.
This can help to fight bacteria and freshen up your dog’s mouth.