Caring for your pet’s teeth is just as important as caring for your own. Just like in humans, dogs are vulnerable to dental disease and dental problems are said to be the most commonly diagnosed health problems in dogs over three.
How to spot oral disease in dogs?
The following key signs and changes can indicate dental problems in dogs:
- Bad breath – Does your dog’s breath smell more unpleasant than normal?
- Excessive saliva – Is your dog even more slobbery
- Inflamed gums – It is important to check your dog’s gums regularly, they should be pink, not red or white
- Tumours in the gums and cysts under the tongue – Have a good look. Is there anything out of the ordinary
- Loose teeth
What causes oral health problems?
When bacteria and food residue in the mouth combine with saliva in hard to reach areas plaque begins to accumulate. Plaque build-up can be seen as the root of many dental problems. If left un-cleared it can combine further with minerals and saliva and start to form tartar and calculus. Tartar can in turn cause an infection called gingivitis, a form of gum disease and a significant cause of halitosis or bad breath. And if left, tartar can eventually build up under the gum line, resulting in significant periodontal disease, deep rooted infections, teeth loss and irreversible decay.
How to prevent oral health problems?
There are many ways to help prevent and even treat oral health problems in dogs. Canine dental kits are now available with specially designed toothbrushes and toothpaste to help keep your dog’s teeth clean and free from plaque and tartar. Making sure your dog has plenty of good quality chew toys can keep them happy and their teeth strong and healthy.
Diet is hugely important in maintaining dental health in dogs. The Biopets adult super premium range contains fibre-rich maize which is hugely effective in breaking plaque down and cleaning it from the teeth, thereby catching the cause of gum disease right at the root.