It is important for dog owners to practice dental care for their pets to prevent them from dental disease.
Affects the teeth, gums, and structures that surround and support a dog’s teeth. This disease begins with simple plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque contains bacteria and food particles. Dental disease is common in dogs, by age 3 over 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease. Dental disease describes a range of different conditions including the following:
- Accumulation of plaque on the surface of the teeth
- Accumulation of saliva and food on the surface of the teeth
- The hardening of plaque into tartar
- Gingivitis, which is the inflammation and infection of gums
- Loose and falling teeth
- Broken teeth
- Tooth root abscesses
- Refusal or inability to eat
Dogs with dental disease have bad breath and discolored teeth, and may also drool excessively. This disease can result in weight loss and is the cause of red gums that bleed easily. The dog will suffer from oral pain and infections that can spread throughout the body and adversely affect the dogs liver, heart, and kidneys. Pain is a known trigger of dog aggression, which is gradually becoming the number one concern for dog owners. This website provides more information on how to stop dog aggression.
REMOVE PLAQUE FROM YOUR DOG’S TEETH.
An ideal way to prevent tooth disease is to clean your dog’s teeth – on a daily basis – with pet toothpaste and a soft bristle brush, a piece of washcloth or by finger brush. If brushing is not feasible, turn to oral rinses, dental treats and drinking water additives. One other feasible way of promoting your dog’s dental care is to feed him foods that are designed specifically for removing plaque. There are various dental diets designed specifically for the removal of plaque while providing your dog with the balanced nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Dog dental toys such as dental chew, are designed to clean a dog’s teeth and to freshen its breath. These toys are durable, your dog can chew them as much as they want for as long as they want.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL CARE.
- Prevents tooth loss: When the structures supporting a dog’s teeth become affected and damaged. The tooth loosens and fall out or break. Good dental care keeps the teeth structures healthy and keeps the teeth in place.
- Halitosis prevention: A good healthy mouth and healthy dog teeth prevent bad breath in dogs.
- Prevents oral pain: Severe dental pain can be quite painful for dogs. Good dental care prevents oral pain in dogs.
- Prevents organ damage: When bacteria in the plaque enters the bloodstream, it spreads to the heart, kidneys, and liver. This spread of bacteria damages dogs organs and makes them incredibly sick. Good oral health prevents bacteremia and subsequent damage to the organs.
Dental cleaning is still required every once in a while and should be performed by a licensed veterinarian. This allows for the evaluation of the dog’s entire mouth, any problems noted can be detected and dealt with appropriately and with utmost care.