Dental care for dogs often is not taken seriously. Here’s why it should be. Your dog’s mouth is a direct pathway to his lungs, kidney, liver, and heart. By allowing bacteria to fester in your pet’s mouth, you may be subjecting him to dental health issues. That means that, in order to protect his health, you should provide frequent dental care. Below are some pointers to get the job done quickly and correctly.
You know that dogs eat all kinds of odd things. But amazingly, they don’t get cavities because they are protected by:
Still, they suffer from plaque buildup, which causes periodontal disease and ultimately tooth loss. Plaque is a soft, clear or cream-colored deposit that forms on teeth and below the gum line after eating. It becomes tartar when minerals in your dog’s saliva interact with it. If this tartar isn’t removed it serves as a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria can travel down the throat and throughout your dog’s body, attacking vital organs. At the same time, your dog’s gums can become inflamed, infected, and painful. They might bleed. Tooth loss can follow.
There are three ways to eliminate canine tartar buildup.
The key is to start when your dog is young so that he will learn to accept your hands in and around his mouth. First, assess his teeth to make sure all of his baby teeth have fallen out. (Some toy breeds suffer from retained teeth. If that’s the case, a trip to the vet will be necessary.)
If your dog will not accept your help with brushing, or if you see brown tartar or bleeding, a trip to the vet will be necessary. The vet will give your pet a general anesthesia and clean the teeth both below and above the gum line.
Caring for your pet’s dental hygiene might not sound like fun. But as a responsible dog owner, you’ll want to take it seriously. His long-term health depends upon it.