Dental disease is the most common disease seen in dogs, and many owners do not think about their dog’s teeth or how important they are to keep healthy.
Four out of five dogs that are over the age of three will contract gum disease. This is not helped by the fact that only 2% of dog owners follow a dental regime for their pet.
Without a regular dental regime, or feeding them foods that will help to keep their teeth clean, dogs, much like humans, will suffer from plaque and tartar build up. If this is left untreated then the risk of gingivitis and other diseases significantly increases. Before long the tooth will recede, showing the root, which is likely to become infected. Once this loss begins it is irreversible. With many common pet problems, the easiest solution to help look after your pet is prevention.
Some of the easiest ways to help care for your dog’s mouth are very simple, easy and effective. These include brushing your dog’s teeth every day. Toothbrushes can be bought at a vet or, if preferred, an electric toothbrush can be used. Feeding your dog raw bones or other healthy snacks like carrot snacks 2-3 times a week can also help to look after your dog’s teeth.
Fussy eating, swollen side of the face or bad breath are all common symptoms of gum disease in your dog. If you spot any of these signs then it is necessary to get to the vets as soon as possible.