Dental disease otherwise known as periodontal disease is a common problem affecting 87% of dogs in the UK. Our guide will raise awareness of the oral health condition by examining the reasons why dogs have gum disease gingivitis and how owners can stop dental disease by ensuring daily dental routine is achieved as well as other tips for an overall healthy mouth.
Causes of Dental Disease
Due to the daily adventures of our pet dogs where they put pretty much anything in their mouth, so it’s understandable that continual presence of bacteria and their associated toxins have a daily impact on dog’s health. A dog’s mouth is warm and moist which has significant nutrients for organisms to grow on making the oral cavity of dogs the ideal location for bacterial to build up and cause dental disease.
Bacteria causes tartar to build up which really is the enemy, and it can lead to dogs diagnosed with serious illnesses such as heart, kidney and liver disease – so a clean mouth is the ONLY answer to stop gum disease.
Symptoms of Poor Oral Health
Bad breath is a symptom which many owners notice, this occurs when food particles collect along the gum line forming plaque. If the plaque is not removed the gums cause inflammations, resulting in bad breath. If your pet dog has one or more missing tooth this is a sign of gum disease, which will also lead to pain and discomfort.
These symptoms will also lead to stress and anxiety, so your pet dog may not be their jolly self and you may notice a difference in their behaviour such as rubbing their face with their paw to signify a symptom of gum disease. Other symptoms include loss of appetite and gums that bleed easily, so if you notice any of these symptoms take your dog in for an oral exam where they will undergo dental X-rays to see exactly what’s happening in your dog’s teeth and below the gum line.