Dental disease for dogs is much more common than people usually realize.
In fact, problems usually start with the simple buildup of sticky plaque that hardens to form tartar. If not removed, this can lead to gingivitis, a painful condition of inflamed gums, and eventually periodontal disease (disease of the gums) may develop. When this develops, dogs may lose teeth and be prone to infections that may affect other organs in the body. In fact, research shows that at around the age of 2, over 80% of dogs have some sign of dental disease.
What causes dental disease?
Plaque, a colorless film on your dog's teeth, is the perpetrator of bad breath and gum disease. Because he doesn't brush his teeth like you do, this plaque can cause tartar buildup. The result is swelling, redness and inflammation of the gums - otherwise known as gingivitis. If not checked, your dog can develop periodontal disease, which destroys the gums and tissue that support his teeth.
The condition is serious, but don't worry, dental disease is preventable and treatable in most dogs. Ask your veterinarian for a complete oral checkup for your dog and schedule regular dental cleanings
How can I avoid dental disease for my dog?
The best way to help your dog avoid developing dental disease is to care for them in much the same way you care for yourself.
1. Feed them a healthy diet (click here to learn more about NUTRITION)
2. Start a home dental care routine
3. Get your dog's professional dental cleaning done yearly