Dog parents concern about everything about their dogs, especially dog health. One of my previous posts is about the overview of dog diseases and syndrome. To help you know more about dog diseases, I’m going to talk about certain common dog diseases in detail in the next few posts. In this post, I will introduce dog dental disease, one of the most common medical conditions dogs suffer from. Also there is prevention by using dog supplies and treatment containing medical procedures.
More and more people have come to realize how important dental health is for dogs. Left untreated, it may affect the overall dog health and some certain parts like kidney, heart and liver will be affected, too. According to some investigation, about 80 percent of dogs have different levels of dental problems.
A dog with gum disease will become irritable and aggressive. The most common gum disease seen in dogs is periodontal disease which is painful for dog. It is the infection or inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth. The tartar starts to accumulate leading to the separation of the gums and the teeth. Thus more food particles build up between the gap, which promotes bacteria growth.
Though plague is easy to build up, there is a good way to control it–brush your dog’s teeth daily. To better brush your dog’s teeth, you should train your dog to allow you to hold on his head to manipulate him without a lot of difficulties. If your dog is fighting to this, you have to get over it.
Dog products like dog toothbrushes and dog toothpastes are all you need. You can also use a finger brush. Then put toothpaste on your finger or toothbrush and rub some on his teeth. Use the toothbrush to brush the outside and going along right at the gum line. In addition, you can buy your dog chewing toys and treats that are specially designed for plague removal.
If unluckily your dog has periodontal disease, he need some professional treatment. The treatment depends on the progression of the disease. In the early stages, to reduce plague and prevent attachment loss, you should brush his teeth every day and take him to the vet for cleansing and polishing.
In the second stage, the treatment concentrates on cleansing and decreasing the space between the gums and the teeth. If the disease develops to a more advanced stage, bone replacement procedures, periodontal splinting, and guided tissue regeneration may be involved. Though it is common, your dog doesn’t have to suffer from such painful disease if you give him necessary dental care.