Care Of Your Dog’s Teeth
Studies of dog teeth and mouth issues show a whopping 98% of cases of bad breath in dogs are caused by periodontal disease, resulting from tartar buildup on the dog’s teeth and gum infections. This should be seen as a serious warning that, left unchecked, can lead to serious health problems and very possibly the shortening of our pets’ lives.
Bacteria combines with saliva and leftover food debris in the area between the gums and your dog’s teeth, causing plaque accumulation. Bacteria grows within the plaque. As the plaque ages, gingivitis turns into periodontitis and with deposited calcium salts, quickly turns the plaque into tarter.
The bacteria produce hydrogen sulfide that causes halitosis, known as bad doggy breath, evidenced by a yellow- and brown-colored buildup of tarter on the dog’s teeth with inflamed gums and terrible bad breath, that people tend to notice first.
Oral disease is the most diagnosed health problem in dogs.
80% of dogs exhibit signs of gum disease by age three. For whatever reason, people don’t realize their dogs need preventive dental care until the signs show up.
The inflamed gums of gingivitis can be reversed with a thorough removal of plaque and continued plaque control. This course of action must be followed to help add years to your dog’s teeth and, more importantly, your pet’s life.
Pockets of puss can form in the environment along the gum line and cause your dog’s teeth to separate from the gums, which further allows food and bacteria to accumulate, causing periodontal disease. This will destroy the tissue structure that supports your dog’s teeth. Don’t allow this to happen.
The disease causes swollen gums that are red in color and tender. The gums will recede and bleed, producing pain and bad breath in dogs. Left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss in your dog. Infection due to periodontal disease can enter the blood stream, potentially infecting the heart, kidneys and liver, and may lead to other health problems in the pet’s latter years.
If we provide proper oral care to our canine family members we can actually extend their lives by as much as three to five years.
If you live in an area with hard water, your dog's teeth may develop tartar deposits. Tooth problems are more likely if your dog eats mostly soft foods, because these leave debris in gum pockets at the base of your dog’s teeth, leading to infections. Dry food and hard bones won’t keep your dog’s teeth clean. Hard foods will not remove plaque below the gum line, and hard bones are the primary cause of your dog’s teeth breaking.
Introduce toothbrushing slowly to gradually accustom your dog to having you handle its mouth.
Plaque is the problem. The solution is a toothbrush that can reach the critical groove area at the gum line. Regular brushing of your dog’s teeth is the best way to prevent all these problems. You'll be able to clean your dog’s teeth and take care of its mouth without too much difficulty. It should become part of a grooming routine.
Raw knuckle bones are great because they are soft and allow dogs to scrape their teeth into the bone, nicely cleaning food and tartar from teeth.
An effective method for preventing tarter buildup and for maintaining clean teeth is giving your dog raw knuckle bones (the joints) from your local butcher or meat counter at the supermarket. They have tendons and muscle meat to provide a nice oral workout as well as a healthy amount of natural calcium. Your dog will enjoy a knuckle bone, will be content and relaxed while chewing and a little sleepy afterwards.
Keep your dog on a towel that is easily washed. Supervise your dog to make sure it doesn’t swallow a large piece, leading to choking or digestive problems. Give your dog bones that are too large to swallow and NOT cooked. Cooked bones can splinter and cause mouth injury as well as intestinal problems. Do NOT give unthawed frozen bones which may possibly break your dog’s teeth. Raw carrots are a good substitute.
Any loose or absessed teeth in your dog should be addressed by the veterinarian dentist as soon as possible.
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