Dental problemsNot taking care of your dog's teeth can lead to various dental problems. Sometimes these already occur in young dogs, although they are mainly tooth fractures, a result of impetuosity. Dental problems often arise from the build-up of plaque and later tartar. Bacteria in a dog’s mouth feed on food waste and mucus. The build-up of bacteria and plaque regularly leads to gingivitis and other problems with the dog's teeth.
EffectsFor your dog, these types of dental problems naturally cause pain. But noticeable consequences for the owner include bad breath, inflamed gums, exposed roots and loose teeth. Dental problems can also lead to various general health problems, such as inflammation in vital organs.
How to keep your dog's teeth from getting in trouble? Preventive brushing is our first advice. You can browse a wide variety of dog dental products and toothbrushes on BringerPet.
It is best to start brushing your puppy or young dog's teeth at a young age when your dog can still learn it easily. It is also smart to brush your dog's teeth preventively because if you start when there are already pain complaints, your dog will soon develop an aversion to brushing.
Is brushing your dog's teeth not an option? Then you can consider one of the following alternatives:
- Dental care snacks have been specially developed to have a cleaning effect on the teeth.
- Dental care diet food contains chunks that have been specially developed so that they scrape plaque from the teeth. Often these foods are also formulated to reduce tartar.
- There are various supplements that you can add to the food or water. PlaqueOff for dogs and cats is one example.
- Mouthwash is a good alternative to brushing your dog’s teeth.
- You can also purchase toys that help with teeth cleaning for your dog.
How do I find out that my dog has dental problems?As we already mentioned, a bad odor from the mouth is one of the symptoms that your dog’s teeth are in a bad condition. It is sometimes thought that it is normal for a dog’s mouth to smell bad but that is a persistent misunderstanding.
Check the teeth regularly for irregularities, such as discolored deposits on teeth and molars, foul odor, bloody saliva or mucus and bumps around the jaws. If you suspect problems, contact the vet.