Caring for your dog’s teeth is just as important as grooming his fur, clipping his nails and keeping his weight in check. About 80% of dogs will show signs of gum disease and other problems by age three.
Catching dog dental problems early will help to avoid severe dental and oral diseases. The best and most affective way to do this is to have your dog’s teeth checked regularly and keeping up on brushing and cleaning at home.
Gum disease is the most common dental problem found in dogs. However, there are a few different other diseases and teeth problems a dog may contract. Along with bad breath, rotten teeth and tooth loss, there are some less common diseases that a dog may contract from poor oral health.
Dog Teeth Problems
Teeth Chattering – The most obvious reason a dog will chatter its teeth is because he is cold. But sometimes, dog teeth chattering is a sign of a behavioral or medical disorder.
As long as your dog does not seem to be in pain, teeth chattering is not usually a health concern. However, it is important to check your dog’s teeth regularly if he has a habit of chattering his teeth to make sure they are not cracking.
Teeth Grinding – Dog teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common sign of oral pain. Gums are usually inflamed, so if you notice your dog is grinding his teeth, check his mouth for red, sore looking gums.
Periodontal Disease – Periodontal disease is caused by an excess build up of tartar under the gums. It creates holes, or pockets under the gums which creates room for more bacteria growth. Unfortunately, if this occurs, it is usually irreversible.
What To Do
If you suspect your dog may have oral problems, it is very important to take your dog to the veterinarian to have his teeth properly examined and any problems treated immediately.
Most oral problems can be avoided altogether with proper care. To learn more about cleaning your dog’s teeth, information about professional cleaning and more, visit www.dogteethhelp.com
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