Dog Gingivitis Information
is a serious health problem for dogs, as they typically do not brush their teeth as often as people do.
The American Veterinary Dental Society has conducted research on the matter and they found that roughly 80% of dogs have a certain form of gum or dental disease when they reach three years old.
It is quite easy to prevent gum problems from occurring, however not many owners don’t realize that they need to have a routine of teeth brushing for their dog.
The first sign of gingivitis is very bad breath. As the disease continues on, it will affect the dog's ability to chew hard food and may even cause excessive drooling.
The dog might even have to stop eating because of the pain. If there is an infection of the mouth, you will see swelling along the face.
Dogs that have inflamed or red gums, pus surrounding the gum line, missing or moving teeth, and a big plaque accumulation, are all signs of gingivitis.
Dogs have 42 teeth in their mouths and each tooth needs care. Dog Dental Care hygiene is needed in order for their mouths to stay healthy and clean.
The best way to stop any serious gum problems from happening is to prevent it. There are several ways of doing this, the best and probably the most recommended way is to brush your dog's teeth more than 3-4 times a week.
If you have a puppy, it is fairly easy to train them and get them used to having a brush touch their gums and teeth. However, if you have an older dog or a dog that was found as a stray, you will have to become a little more patient.
Never use human toothpaste as it can greatly affect dog's stomachs. The best is to go to a pet store and find some toothpaste that is dog friendly. Sometimes, it is just impossible to brush your dog's teeth no matter how hard you try.
The best Dog First Aid in this case is to find a toy that cleans teeth. You can Visit Your Veterinarian and talk to them about other options as well.
By the time this disease is found, it is often too late to exhibit in brushing. When this happens, a vet will have to put your dog under sedation and perform a proper cleaning.
He or she may even want to take dental x-rays to see how extreme the case is and the extent of the damage underneath the surface. After this cleaning, it is more important than ever to brush the dog's teeth to help maintain a healthy mouth.
If the dog is too old and has a horrible teeth problem, so horrible it is causing him pain, then the vet might even suggest that the best option is to put him down.
Some dogs will not be able to go through dental surgery due to their age and if gingivitis has already affected the root canals, sometimes there is not much you can do.
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