The Facts About Gum Disease and Tooth Decay for DogsAccording to the AVMA , "more than 85% of dogs and cats that are at least 4 years old have a condition in which bacteria attack the soft gum tissue”. This condition is called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the final stage in a process that begins with plaque, or a bacterial film on the surface of the teeth. In early stages, plaque can be easily dislodged when you brush your dog’s teeth or when he chews on hard toys or food. If the plaque is not removed the bacteria will attach to the teeth and become calcified through the calcium in your dog’s saliva. The hard surface becomes tartar and more plaque will accumulate. Once this stage of plaque has occurred, it will take a professional cleaning to get the tartar off the teeth and heal the gums. If the plaque is not removed, infection by the root of the tooth can occur. Progression could include the deterioration of the tissue surrounding the tooth, the erosion of the tooth socket, and a loose tooth.
Warning SignsThe warning signs of gum disease include:
- bad breath, red and swollen gums
- yellow-brown crusts of tartar along the gum lines
- bleeding or pain when the gums or mouth are touched
- paw at their face or mouth frequently
- have excessive drool
- may exhibit an unwillingness to eat harder foods.
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- How to brush you dog's teeth