Dental care is something that often gets overlooked in dogs, even though it can have serious consequences if it’s neglected. It’s recommended that you brush your dog’s teeth anywhere from 2 to 3 times a week at home, and take them for annual professional cleanings.
Watch the video below to learn how to brush your dogs’ teeth and then keep reading for more about the importance of canine dental health.
Dental Disease in Dogs
Unfortunately, dental disease is relatively common in dogs, even though it can be prevented with proper care. It’s said that by the age of just three years old, many dogs develop gingivitis and other dental conditions.
Sometimes these conditions require tooth extraction, cause teeth to fall out, and result in swollen and painful gums for our pets.
Signs of Dental Disease in Dogs
Many pet owners don’t know what to look for regarding dental disease in their furry friends. Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly can help keep dental disease at bay. It can also help you identify when a problem does arise since you’ll be used to the anatomy of their mouths.
- Bleeding gums
- Blood on chew toys
- Not wanting their head or face to be touched
- Excessive sneezing
- Making noise when they eat or yawn
- Bad breath
Long-Term Effects of Canine Dental Disease
Dental disease can affect much more than your dog’s mouth, leading to serious health problems if left unaddressed. It has been linked to heart disease and problems with the kidney and liver.
Since many pet owners don’t recognize the dental disease in their dogs until it’s too late, the best method of treatment is prevention. Don’t wait until it’s too late to take care of your dog’s teeth.
Start taking care of your dog’s teeth today, so you and they can have a happy and healthy tomorrow.