Keeping your dog's mouth healthy is critical for maintaining their overall health, unfortunately, many dogs don't get the dental care they need. Our Torrance vets are here to explain why proper dental care is so important for your dog.
Keeping Your Dog's Teeth & Gums Healthy
Oral health is closely connected to their overall health in many ways. Just like people, dogs can suffer from uncomfortable or painful oral health conditions such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. These common conditions can have serious consequences for their overall health and wellbeing.
Here are a few key reasons why dog dental care is so important.
Mouth Pain Can Prevent Dogs From Getting the Nutrition They Need
If your dog is suffering from oral health issues they may feel some mild discomfort but they can also feel severe pain in their mouth.
When dogs feel unwell, they will often stop eating, this instinct is intensified when eating is painful for them.
Signs that your pup is experiencing oral health issues include eating slowly or not finishing their food, and disinterest in bones, chews, or treats. This could lead your dog to miss out on the nutrition they need to stay happy and healthy.
Diligent dental care and vet dental cleanings will help make sure your dog is able to enjoy their favorite foods and treats throughout their life.
Prevent Oral Pain
Many of us have experienced toothaches and other painful dental issues. Advanced periodontal disease, tooth decay, and other conditions can be painful for your pup, and this pain can impact their behavior, demeanor, and their ability to enjoy life. Tooth pain impacts every aspect of our lives, and it's the same for your dog.
Diligent dental care, both professionally and at home, are key to preventing this unnecessary pain in your four-legged friend.
Dental Issues Can Lead to Bad Breath
If smelling your dog's breath causes you to plug your nose, pull away, or apologize to anyone else in the room, it's a sign that they may be suffering from dental issues.
With a healthy mouth and consistent dental care, bad breath won't be a problem for your pup and you can get all the kisses you want.
Dental Plaque Is Linked to Organ Damage
Even when oral health issues aren't apparent in your pup, or if you have identified and treated them, there can be invisible and long-lasting consequences for their long-term health.
Once oral health reaches advanced stages, the bacteria associated with dental plaque can spread throughout the body through the bloodstream, infecting their internal organs. Oral health issues have been shown to lead to a number of different diseases in dogs' internal organs.
Routine dental care is a key step in protecting your pet's dental health and overall health.
Should I brush my dog's teeth?
As a pet owner, you play an essential role in helping your dog fight dental disease. Here are a few easy ways that you can help to keep your dog's mouth healthy and how to clean your dog's teeth:
- Use a finger brush from your vet, or a child’s toothbrush to brush your pet’s teeth daily to remove any plaque or debris. It's a simple as brushing your own teeth. If your dog resists having their teeth cleaned try some doggie toothpaste in flavors your pooch will find irresistible. These special toothpastes can turn a chore into a treat.
- Use a plaque prevention product (your vet can recommend some), which you can apply to your pet’s teeth and gums. These products act as a barrier to prevent plaque buildup.
- Offer your pup treats such as dental chews or food designed to help prevent plaque buildup and tartar.
If you are unsure, ask your vet for tips on how to clean your dog's teeth and mouth.
Prevention is Better Than Treatment
Routine dental care, whether that means you brush your dog's teeth at home or bring them in for professional cleaning, can help your wallet. Treating advanced oral health issues can be expensive to manage and treat as well as make your dog uncomfortable and sick. Taking the time to clean your dog's teeth regularly, buying them veterinarian-recommended dental chews and taking them to the vet for professional dental cleanings can help to prevent unexpected expenses later on, and ensure your pooch stays healthy, happy and energetic throughout their life.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.