Keeping your pet healthy from the inside out is important for their longevity. A healthier pet means a happier companion for you! A dog has teeth, just like humans, and can have dental problems just like we do as well. Listed below are a few dental problems that can happen with your dog and how to tell what they are.
One of the common dental problems in dogs is called Gingivitis, which is another name for gum disease. This is the most common of the dental problems in a dogs mouth. Gum disease is another one of the problems in dogs because dogs do not regularly brush and floss their teeth as we humans do. When humans brush and floss, we rid our teeth of plaque and tartar that would otherwise build up on our teeth and sink down into our gums. Because dogs do not have the chance to floss their teeth in order to remove plaque and tartar, they have a more likely chance of developing gum disease because this debris gets lodged in their gums and causes the tartar to eat away at the gums. You will know if your dog has gingivitis because you will see that their teeth are getting loose or a receding of their gums.
Periodontitis is similar to Gingivitis, but instead of the teeth loosening or falling out, you will see a white film developing on your dog’s teeth and gums.
Tooth fractures are another common problem in dogs because dogs chew on bones, sticks, and even rocks that they find on the ground outside. These substances are very solid and hard materials, and though dogs have strong teeth, material like rock, or very aggressive chewing on a bone can cause a fracture in the tooth of your dog. If you notice that your dog has a fractured tooth, you should take them to the vet right away so some action can be taken to repair the fracture of the tooth. If the fracture is left without any care being provided to it, debris will get into the hole in the tooth and cause an infection. If you see any one of these dental problems developing in your dog, you should take them do the vet.
Endodontic disease is the result of an untreated fractured tooth. In this case, the tooth would have to be removed from the dogs mouth. An infection on the inside of the tooth can sometimes be fixed and repaired in a human, but hardly in a dog. If your dog seems in pain, it is because the tooth has rotted away and the nerve is now exposed. If your dog is having trouble eating or refusing to eat, take him to the vet because he may have an infected tooth.
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