Dental Problems

Dental Health for Dogs

Dogs also need dental care. However, dental hygiene is often overlooked for dogs. Most people only expect dogs having bad breath, but other frequently brush their dogs teeth. As nutrition, grooming and proper exercise are important for your dog’s health, similarly dental hygiene is also important for their overall health. Thus, one needs to monitor dental health for their dogs.

How to monitor the dental health for dogs

The basic dental care for monitoring the dental health for your dogs are discussed below:

  • The first and simplest thing one should do is to have a regular checkup of your dog’s dental health. One can keep a track of the dog’s teeth about their look and signs which indicate the disease or infectious condition.
  • To inspect the dental condition, one can lift the dogs lips and closely look front, back and all around the teeth.
  • While inspecting your dog’s teeth, be gentle and make sure to use a caution such that you do not get nipped accidentally.
  • Consult your veterinarian, as he/she will also make a routine examination to check your dog’s dental health. Thus, make sure to visit your veterinarian every 6 to 12 months.
  • Consult your veterinarian if you find any problem with your dog’s dental health. Make sure to check the following signs, while you do an inspection for your dog’s dental health:

Signs and symptoms of dental disease

  • Plaque or tartar or calculus:

    Due to improper dental hygiene, there can be the development of the bacterial growth. It slow multiplies and it results in plaque (a sticky slimy bacterial growth) and later in tartar/ calculus (harden bacterial growth).

  • Halitosis:

    It is a infectious condition which results in bad breath from dogs.

  • Crying out while chewing or reluctance to chew:

    Your dog may show these sign as it may experience discomfort or pain in the gums or teeth.

  • Red or/and puffy gums:

    Due to infection with the germs, your dog’s gums may become red and puffy.

  • Increased salivation:

    It may result due to the discomfort, pain, anxiety or agitation in the gums and teeth.

  • Bleeding gums:

    Dog’s gums may bleed due to the infection with the germs, which has damaged the gum tissues.

  • Loose and/or missing teeth:

    Bacteria slow grows, multiplies and damages the gum tissues and bones. This, results in loose and/or missing tooth.

  • Other sign:

    One can also check out the other signs or symptoms in the mouth which seems to appear unusual.

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