Dental Health Facts
Numerous factors play a role in the formation of plaque, tartar, and the development of periodontal disease. These include:
Age and general health status
Diet and chewing behavior
Breed, genetics, and tooth alignment
Studies show that by age three, 80 percent of dogs exhibit signs of gum disease.
Sneezing and nasal discharge may be due to an infection of the upper canine tooth. Which can lead to an opening between the mouth and the nasal cavity. This is called an oronasal fistula.
Small dog breeds are more likely to develop periodontal disease than large dogs because the teeth of small dogs are often too large for their mouths.
A broken tooth is a common problem, especially among outdoor dogs.
Make sure you use a pet toothpaste. Toothpastes designed for people can upset your dog's stomach.
The best way to keep your pet’s teeth healthy is to brush!
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As periodontal disease progresses, you may observe the following signs:
Purulent exudate (pus) around the tooth
Persistent bad breath
Gums that bleed easily
Sensitivity around the mouth
Pawing at the mouth
Gums that are inflamed (red), hyperplastic, or receding
Loose or missing teeth
Loss of appetite
Stomach or intestinal upsets
Difficulty chewing or eating
Irritability or depression
Once a dental cleaning has been done, home care will be much more effective.