Common Dental Problem for Dogs #1: Plaque
Just like people, dogs commonly have a dental problem with plaque. A combination of saliva, bacteria and food, it turns into a thin film that gets stuck to your dog’s teeth. It’s not something that your dog can maintenance naturally; the only way to remove it is by brushing or with a dental cleaning. Unfortunately, when left for a long period, it gets below the gum line where it forms a pocket which collects even more bacteria, food and saliva. When it gets this far, it can damage the roots of the tooth and the jawbone where the tooth is attached.
To prevent plaque, you should brush your dog’s teeth regularly and take him for cleanings.
Common Dental Problem for Dogs #2: Tarter or Calculus
Tarter, or calculus, is a dental problem that plagues dogs just as much as it does people. It is basically plaque that has hardened to the point that it is no longer removable by brushing. The most common locations in a dog’s mouth for tarter problems are at the salivary gland duct openings on the biggest teeth on his upper jaw and the inside molars and premolars on the lower jaw.
To prevent tarter buildup, you need to keep up with plaque removal by brushing your dog’s teeth regularly. If it’s gone too long and tarter is apparent, then your dog will need a trip to the dentist for a scraping and cleaning session.
Common Dental Problem for Dogs #3: Gingivitis
Gingivitis is defined by the redness and inflammation at your dog’s gum line along the teeth. If you catch it in time, it can be treated effectively by a dentist, but there isn’t much you can do beyond regular brushing to prevent it.
Common Dental Problem for Dogs #4: Periodontitis
Periodontitis is a an exceedingly common problem of infection of the gums and around the roots of a dog’s teeth. It can be very painful for your dog because it causes the teeth to become loose and the gums get more inflamed every time he chews.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment for gingivitis, so if your dog has it, the teeth will need to be pulled.
Common Dental Problem for Dogs #5: Dental Trauma
It’s not uncommon for dogs to suffer dental trauma due to their chewing habits. Chipped and worn teeth as well as fractures often occur. An abscess may develop or the tooth can fall out. A black or red center are signs of trauma, so take your dog to the dentist if you see signs of dental trauma.
Doggie Dental at Doggie Manners
A Complete Dental Care Program for Your Dog
Canine Dental Care