Dogs & Teeth: Listen Up!

Taking care of your dog’s teeth are one of the most important things you can do for their health. Gum disease is five times more common in dogs than in humans because dogs have a more alkaline mouth (which promotes formation of plaque). It can cause chronic pain, eroded gums, missing teeth and even bone loss, among other things.

Maintaining a dog’s oral health is crucial to their well being. Here are some things you need to know:


  1. Studies have shown that by age 3, 80% of dogs show signs of gum disease. Symptoms include yellow and brown buildup of tartar along the gumline, inflamed red gums and persistent bad breath.
  2. Puppies have 28 temporary teeth, and dogs have 42 permanant teeth. Puppies should lose their puppy teeth before the corresponding adult tooth comes in. If an adult tooth has started growing before the puppy tooth has fallen out, it is called a retained deciduous tooth. If this happens, you should go to your vet immediately to avoid infection.
  3. Two thirds of a dogs tooth is under the gumline, meaning disease can form where you can’t even see it.
  4. Facial swelling below the eye is usually due to an infection of the 4th premolar tooth.
  5. Small dog breeds are more likely to develop periodontal disease than large dogs because the teeth of small dogs are often too large for their mouths.
  6. Buildup of tartar and plaque are causes of halitosis, gingivitis, mouth tumours, salivary cysts, gum disease and periodontal disease.
  7. ‘Dog breath’ is often the first sign of a dental problem, but if you take care of the situation as soon as you catch it, prevention can be easy!
  8. 30-60 seconds of brushing your furry friend’s teeth can whiten their teeth and eliminate doggy breath.
    Chewing is essential for you dog! It is a mental and physical exercise that releases endorphins, making your pet feel good.
  9. Gnawing on natural dog chews and eating dry kibble can help remove buildup.
    The Veterinary Oral Health Council has said that some types of dog dental treats and diets can reduce plawue by nearly 70%.
  10. Many commercial dental dog chews contain unnatural ingredients. To name a few: potassium sorbate, chlorophyll, acetate, iron oxide and ferrous sulfate.
  11. Natural dog chews are ALWAYS the best option for your dog.
  12. 2 out of 3 dog owners do not provide the necessary dental care a dog needs. Your dog is relying on YOU to take care of their teeth and overall health. After all, they don’t have hands to hold a tooth brush and they can’t drive to the store to buy a chew. 


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