Why is Dental Health Important for Dogs?
Maintaining good oral health is not only crucial for humans; it is an essential factor in the overall health of our animals.
Of course, dog owners love their pets. Have you ever imagined that you might be jeopardizing their health if you do not care for their teeth? Like people, they can have strong, healthy teeth throughout their life, but it is up to us to make sure the necessary care is provided.
Take a few minutes to read this article. I am sure your dog will be happy and full of smiles.
Dog Dental Disease
Yes, it is what it states, “dog dental disease” and it is quite common. At the young age of three, over 80% of dogs already have some form of dental disease. Like their owners, they are developing periodontal disease which can result in serious consequences if not cared for.
So, What Exactly is Dog Dental Disease?
With the buildup of plaque on teeth, comes bacteria. When the plaque stays on teeth it hardens into tartar. Eventually, when this tartar is not removed and continues to build up, the dogs, teeth, gumline, and bone surrounding the teeth will be affected. When the tartar goes below the gum line, the gums become inflamed, damaging the bone supporting the teeth and allowing for infection to set in. At this stage, dogs will also experience pain.
Signs of Dental Disease in Dogs
- Bad breath
- Loose and broken teeth
- Mouth bleeding
- Not eating and drinking
Why Dental Care Is Important
First, let’s start by saying that a qualified veterinarian can remove tartar easily when the dog is still young. It can most often be done with general anesthesia. Once the tarter go below the gum line, it becomes more than just a regular dental cleaning.
See below a shortlist of why you should consider dental care.
- When bone around the teeth become infected and damaged, the teeth will become loose and fall out.
- Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, will set in when the dog’s mouth becomes unhealthy.
- With moderate to severe dental disease, dogs will experience dental pain.
- If bacteria in the plaque enter the bloodstream, they can spread to the kidneys, heart, and liver, making the dog extremely sick. The spread is called bacteremia.
- By practicing good dental dog care right from the start, you can prevent dog dental disease from starting and worsening, causing problems throughout their body.
How To Get Plaque Off Your Dogs Teeth
- Professional annual dog cleanings performed by a veterinarian.
- Brush your dog’s teeth several days a week. There are safe doggie toothpastes on the market.
- Give your dog dental treats. There are many tasty chews that your dog is sure to love.
- Dental toys are also an excellent way to keep your dog’s teeth clean while maintaining fresh breath.
While dog dental disease is quite common, do not be alarmed. With proper dental care, you will be keeping your dogs mouth as clean and healthy as possible.
So while you are thinking about the best dental care for your pet, let the warm and friendly people dentist take care of your teeth. Feel free to contact us to set up a consultation to get you on your way to having the best dental care possible.