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MAINTAINING YOUR DOG’S ORAL HEALTH

Dog Health
Dog Health

When it comes to observing your dog’s health, oral hygiene is very important. Unfortunately, oral hygiene is often times pretty much neglected; yet it is evident that many illnesses affecting dogs stem from neglected oral care  and subsequently affecting the dog’s overall health.

Neglecting your dog’s oral health could lead to damage of internal organs. This is because the toxins stemming for the oral illness can spread into the blood stream, and when bacteria is present in the blood stream it could spread to the liver, brain and  kidneys.

When proper health and oral hygiene is observed, most dogs will not suffer the additional health complications. This is vital to ensure that your dog remains healthy.

Below are some of the dental diseases that we need to protect our dogs from in order to maintain their general health:

Gingivitis

This is inflammation that is likely to affect your dog’s gums. Gingivitis is most of the time accompanied by bad breath. This problem begins when plaque builds up on your dog’s teeth. Plaque eventually turns into tartar, when tartar moves into the gum they become red and puffy resulting into gingivitis. Getting the dog’s teeth professionally cleaned when plaque begins to build can help prevent this ailment. However, a vet should be consulted in the occurrence of this periodontal disease.

Loose teeth

Loose teeth in an adult dog, can signify that the dog might have suffered some trauma that led to the tooth being loose. This can also happen due to advanced dental illness. When a dog suffers from a loose tooth it is best to visit a vet who may determine the cause by taking an x-ray. After the cause has been determined the vet might instruct that an extraction be carried out.

Teeth that are not well aligned

It is important to be sure that your dog’s teeth are well aligned. Teeth which are not properly aligned may lead to difficulties in chewing food, leading to subsequent malnutrition. By consulting a dentist when your dog suffers this ailment, he will likely correct this situation by realigning the teeth or opt to extract the misaligned teeth that may be causing him discomfort.

Tooth trauma

This stems from a dog chewing very hard objects causing a broken or cracked tooth. Broken teeth may sometimes expose the nerves which can be very painful. This can be prevented by observing the objects that your dog chews on. Keep the objects that are likely to cause tooth trauma to the dog as far away as possible. Consult with a vet in case you notice this dental problem with your dog. The vet may recommend a tooth extraction or root canal to relief the dog’s discomfort.