Everything to know about dental disease in dogs

Our furry friends bring so much joy to our lives, and as pet parents, it's our responsibility to ensure their well-being. Dental disease in dogs is a common yet preventable condition that can significantly impact their overall well-being. Affecting 80% of dogs over the age of three, this common issue is often overlooked. It can have serious implications for their overall health.

We are committed to improving animal lives, so we want to share everything you need to know about dog dental disease. In this blog we will explore the symptoms to look out for, proactive prevention measures, and effective maintenance practices to keep your dog's dental health in optimal condition.

Understanding Canine Dental Disease
Canine dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a progressive condition that affects a large percentage of dogs. It starts with the formation of plaque on the teeth, which is a sticky film consisting of bacteria, saliva, and food particles. If not removed through regular dental care, the plaque hardens into tartar, leading to gum inflammation, tooth decay, and other serious complications. Identifying the symptoms and taking preventative measures is key to maintaining your dog's dental health. 

Symptoms of Dental Disease
To stay vigilant and catch dental disease early, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Discoloured or loose teeth
  • Pain or discomfort while eating
  • Excessive drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Reluctance to play with chew toys
  • Changes in appetite or weight loss

Preventive Measures for Canine Dental Health
Regular Dental Examinations: Schedule routine check-ups with your veterinarian to assess your dog's dental health and identify any issues early on.

Dental-Friendly Diet: A high-quality diet that is specifically designed to optimize dental health, such as kibbles that help control plaque and tartar build-up. 

Monitor Chewing Habits: Offer appropriate chew toys, safe bones or dental chews (DentaShield) that help reduce plaque accumulation and stimulate gum health. Avoid hard objects that can damage teeth and always be sure to supervise your dog when they are consuming bones.

Dental Maintenance Practices
Maintenance is crucial to sustain your dog's oral health even after taking preventive measures. Incorporate the following practices into your routine:

Fresh Water: Ensure your dog has access to clean, fresh water at all times. This helps rinse away food particles and bacteria from the mouth.

Dental Check-Ups: Schedule routine dental exams with your vet to assess your dog's oral health and address any emerging issues promptly.

Preventing dental disease in dogs is a proactive process that requires commitment and regular care. By becoming aware of the symptoms, implementing preventive measures, and establishing maintenance routines, we can ensure our furry companions enjoy good dental health and overall well-being.