Dental Disease is becoming increasingly prevalent in dogs which can lead to a variety of issues. Most predominantly though, dental disease can affect the overall health of a dog. Due to dogs’ mouths being far more alkaline than ours, they’re able to form much more plaque than we do. Bacteria lives in Plaque which can multiply and cause serious complications. If you are a dog owner, I’m sure you’re aware that you should be looking after your dogs’ teeth and mouth care daily. However, it can be tricky to maintain mouth care every day.
Symptoms of Gum Disease:
Unfortunately the symptoms of dental diseases in dogs aren’t completely obvious. However, if you notice a change in mood or a decrease in appetite, it might be worth checking their mouth and ensuring you brush their teeth. In severe cases, bleeding gums are a clear indication of gum disease. In this case, they must be taken to a clinic immediately. If you suspect your pooch is suffering from gum disease, check their mouth for the following:
- bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Yellow, brown or missing teeth
If you notice any of the above it might be worth checking your pooch into a vet clinic to ensure nothing is wrong.
What does Dental Disease Do?
There are a range of different types of dental/gum diseases, some of which can be more severe than others. Periodontitis, Gingivitis, Plaque and Calculus are a few of the deadly types. The most important thing is that, if you see your dog experiencing any symptoms, or simply notice a build-up of plaque in their mouth, that you take them to a vet. In extreme cases, if these diseases aren’t treated quickly enough, they can swallow the bacteria in their mouth which will enter their bloodstream and potentially develop disease in other areas of their body. Which is why it is imperative to be aware of the disease and it’s very few symptoms.
Overall, it is important to monitor your dogs’ mood, appetite and mouth daily to ensure nothing is going on. Most importantly though, it is vital that you regularly look after your dogs’ mouth car by brushing their teeth, monitoring their gums and giving them healthy meals that will make their teeth strong. If you routinely monitor and look after your dogs’ mouth care, dental disease should stay away.