Regular dental care is just as critical for your dog’s long-term health as it is for yours.
While it is true that dogs evolved without toothbrushes, oral cleanings, and dental X-rays, just like humans, let’s be honest, no one’s mouths were thriving — with gum disease, tooth loss, chronic discomfort, and more. Additionally, humans and animals did not live as long in ancient days as they do now.
Most of us now understand the value of daily brushing, twice-yearly cleanings, and routine dental X-rays. And, with our furry friends now consuming more of the same variety of cavity-causing foods as humans, they require routine dental care for many of the same reasons.
These reasons include:
To prevent the build-up of plaque, tartar, and calculus
Have you ever caught a whiff of your dog’s foul breath following a slobbery kiss? That is a symptom that bacteria are accumulating as a result of insufficient dental care. Cleaning your dog’s teeth on a regular basis can help avoid the development of foul odors. Otherwise, food particles that stick to their teeth and gums will form plaque. Plaque is a filmy material that forms as a result of bacteria accumulating. Regular brushing might assist in removing plaque before it hardens into tartar. Otherwise, professional cleaning of your dog’s teeth will be required to eliminate the tartar buildup.
To check for and prevent gingivitis and gum disease
Tartar accumulation on your dog’s teeth might result in irritation and gum infection. The gums may begin to retreat from the teeth, increasing the vulnerability of the teeth and gums. This can result in gingivitis, which can result in your dog losing teeth.
To look for trauma, such as broken or fractured teeth
Plaque-forming bacteria can enter the bloodstream via holes in the gums or abscesses from missing or broken teeth. Once inside the body, the bacteria has the potential to move to the heart, liver, and kidneys. This is referred to as bacteremia. Bacteremia can harm your dog’s organs and make your pup unwell. By concentrating on dental care for dogs, you can ensure that your dog remains happy and healthy throughout their life.
To inspect for developmental or orthodontic problems
Both gingivitis and periodontal disease can cause discomfort for your pet. Dental illness may be severe for canines just like it is for people. You can avoid oral discomfort in your dog by keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Otherwise, you may experience changes in their mood and appetite.
By being aware of the important nature of dental care for dogs, you may help assure their happiness and health in the future. Want to keep your dog healthy? Get in touch today to schedule an appointment with Meadowlake Pet Resort.