As a responsible dog owner, you are responsible for your dog's wellbeing and happiness. However, even the most conscientious and loving owner can neglect their pet's dental care. It's not always possible to detect symptoms, since they manifest themselves only in the advanced stages of dental diseases. One of the most important things you can do to ensure your dog's health and longevity is to check their teeth, gums, and oral cavity on a regular basis. If these things are not tested properly, bacteria will invade your dog's mouth and then their bloodstream, eventually reaching their lungs, kidneys, and liver. As a result, infections such as pneumonia, nephritis, and endocarditis may occur.
However, the good news is that dental disease can be avoided with proper cleaning and management. The very first thing you should do is to ensure that their teeth are brushed regularly. Without proper dental treatment, your pet can develop a variety of diseases and health problems. As a result, the most critical task of a dog owner is to visit their veterinarian on a regular basis for dental checkups.
Now, let us look at some of the diseases that can occur if proper dental treatment is not maintained:
Brush your dog's teeth at least once a week, as a variety of dental diseases can develop in a short period of time. In most cases, this can be determined simply by inspecting the pet's muzzle. The following are visible symptoms of potential oral disease in pets:
- Unpleasant breath
- Gums that are inflamed or discoloured
- Teeth that are crooked
- I'm drooling
- Tumours or cysts found inside the mouth
These symptoms will occur if you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly.
Degeneration of the Tooth
If you do not brush your teeth properly, it is possible that you will develop tooth decay. Without proper brushing, plaque and bacteria can accumulate, resulting in gingivitis, gum recession, and even tooth loss. Through brushing the dog's teeth on a regular basis, you will significantly decrease the likelihood of decay occurring.
Disorders of the Mouth
Inadequate dental treatment in dogs may result in bad breath, referred to as halitosis. Normally, dogs have bad breath, but if it worsens over time, it may be due to a lack of good dental treatment. Periodontal disease is another condition that may develop as a result of poor dental treatment. It is a severe infection that develops between the teeth and gums and eventually results in tooth loss.
To avoid these issues, it is important to schedule routine dental examinations with your veterinarian.