Today I am discussing dog’s bad breath, bleeding and inflammation of the gums, receding dental care with dogs. You have to have the ability to provide dogs with care at home for good health and for emergencies. Dental hygiene is an important part of your dog’s health.
In order for your dog to have good dental health, his/her teeth need to be brushed daily with a toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs, starting at 6 to 8 months, when the adult teeth come in. If your dog isn’t willing to have their teeth brushed, vets recommend a special dental diet that scrubs them to the gum line.
Dry dog foods and biscuits can crack off tartar, but they don’t affect the gum line. Other preventative measures are to include toys and treats that have a tartar removing effect, such as rubber chew toys with hollow interiors that can be stuffed with treats, as well as rope or sheepskin toys, which have fibers that help keep teeth clean.
If a dog’s teeth aren’t cared for, the result is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. Infections come which result in bad breath, bleeding and inflammation of the gums, receding gums, loosening of teeth, and eventual tooth loss.
More than 80% of dogs over the age of three years develop gum or periodontal disease. It is most common in toy breeds, because their teeth are crowded into a smaller area. Regular brushing is the best way to prevent this. Periodic dental cleanings are also recommended.
These conditions involve broken or abscessed teeth require root canals or extractions. These problems are most common in larger dogs, especially shepard and retriever breeds. This comes from chewing on things that are too hard for the teeth.
Dental fractures are common in dogs, and treatment is necessary if the pulp is exposed. Again, a root canal, or removal are the best options. Never ignore a broken tooth, your dog will feel much better once you have treated it.
This is performed to remove teeth, or fix a fractured jaw. Today they are done with minimal pain or discomfort for your dog, and treating fractured jaws can be done without seriously harming the teeth.
Oral surgery is also needed if there are tumors of the moth or throat. This condition is relatively common. Radiotherapy can be used as well with these conditions. Today the techniques bring impressive results, both cosmetically and with an improved dental prognosis, especially if treated early.
Make sure you examine your dog’s mouth monthly. This is detect tumors, swellings, and sores in their mouths. If you do, bring it to the attention of your vet.
Dental health is one of the most import aspects of your dogs health. Make sure inspect your dogs mouth monthly. Poor teeth hygiene is more common in smaller dogs, and broken teeth in larger dogs. Also, brush you dogs teeth daily.
Dog Bible by Kristin Mehus-Roe