Approximately 80-85% of dogs have dental disease by the time they are three years old. Do you believe that simple brushing techniques and oral care go a long way to help your pet not to say it saves you money in the long run too?
Read on if you want to significantly reduce if not completely do away with the consequential infections and pain your pet might be experiencing.
Tartar and Periodontal Disease
All sorts of bacteria, mineral salts, food particles, and serums accumulate under the gum line and form dental tartar. With time, it turns hard and sticks more strongly to the teeth. The yellowish-brown layer on your dog’s teeth you observe? That’s tartar.
Now supposing that you ignored it and did not make a visit to the vet, the tartar will continue to build up, leading to gingivitis, a painful inflammation and infection of its gums. And it doesn’t stop there; in fact, it causes the gum bone and tissue to break away over time, loosening teeth and exposing roots, and giving way to abscess formation. The bacteria in these little pockets results in other illnesses, including foul breath and even infection of vital organs (heart, lungs, liver, and kidney).
Don’t trust the routine wellness exams to identify this problem. With reasons ranging from inadequate training and not having enough time to conduct a proper examination of pets, it’s quite easy to overlook oral health. Keep an eye out for symptoms like loss of weight/appetite, red inflamed gums, increased salivation, swollen mouth, bleeding from mouth, and exhibiting pain when eating/playing with chew toys/you touching the mouth part.
Professional Dental Care
Veterinary cleaning, recommended in case there’s proof of periodontal disease, consists of administering anesthesia and complete dental cleaning, which may and may not involve removal of abscesses or badly damaged teeth. The vet may also request for diagnostic tests prior to this treatment if the dog’s age and physical condition requires it. Besides this, a dental exam every 6 months is necessary because the dental tartar and plaque need to be frequently removed.
At Home Preventive Care
In order to ensure that the prevention and management of gum disease is effective and most beneficial to your dog, it’s best if you combine the professional option with several home dental care remedies.
Brush Your Dog’s Teeth
Since most dogs don’t usually accept tooth brushing, one trick’s to introduce the practice as early as possible, and if it’s not possible to do every day, aim for at least three times a week. An alternative are the dental wipes to control plaque while avoid giving pain to an older dog who’s developed the disease. Oral rinses and gels are another way.
Hard dental treats like biscuits keep cavities from building up while aids like rawhide strips are ideal to instill control in dogs.
It’s not compulsory for you to switch to a special diet plan unless of course the dog is having issues with the current one. Instead of changing on your own, get a vet to suggest one.
Does your canine companion have dental problems? What preventive dental care have you chosen for him/her?