Dog Dental Disease

The importance of dental care in dogs cannot be expressed enough. Dental disease in dogs is a leading cause of health problems. Home care is the best way to keep your dog’s teeth healthy. Regular brushing, dental chews, and other dental products can go a long way in slowing the progression of dental disease; however, it can still develop over time. Small breeds and short nosed breeds tend to develop dental disease more easily, but all dogs can experience problems. Aside from discomfort in the mouth due to dental disease, bacteria from the mouth can travel through a dog’s body and cause damage to internal organs.

The progression of dog dental disease is quite different from humans. Dogs are more likely to suffer from bone loss and tooth loosening because of gingivitis and periodontal disease. These changes can affect their appetite due to discomfort and can lead to tooth loss.

Every physical exam includes an examination of your dog’s mouth. The veterinarian can identify gum recession, gingivitis, and in some cases loose teeth. Based on exam findings, you may be informed that your dog will need a dental cleaning which is performed under anesthesia. We will also discuss home care or treatment options based on the individual needs of your dog.

If you have concerns about your dog’s dental health or if you have noticed changes in your dog’s breath or appetite, schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns with the veterinarian.