Selasa, 20 Desember 2011

Common Dog Dental Problems

Food particles, hair, and bacteria collect along the gumline to form plaque, a common cause of peridontal disease. To prevent plaque from developing into tartar and thus causing more serious gum disease, such as gingivitis, we should give our dogs daily brushing to remove the plaque.

If plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva will combine with the plaque and form tartar. The tartar is irritating to the gums and causes an inflammation called gingivitis. The gums adjacent to the teeth will become red and inflammed, causing bad breath and swollen gums. At this point it is necessary to visit a veterinarian for the removal of the tartar.

Periodontal Disease
If the tartar is not removed, it builds up under the gums, causing further inflammation, pulling away and receding gums. A "pocket" opens up between the teeth and the gums, collecting more debris and encouraging even more bacterial growth. At this point the damage is irreversible - the dog's teeth will loosen and fall out. In serious cases, it is very painful and can cause complications such as the development of abscesses, bone loss or infection.
It is obvious therefore, that providing our dogs with regular canine dental care is essential for the maintenance of strong, healthy teeth and gums.

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