Cavities, gum bleeding and other dogs teeth problems driving you up the wall? Unsure about the ways to detect dental ailments and steps for your dog dental care?
Dear Dog owners, Dorky is here to the rescue! Read on to know all about symptoms for dental ailments in adult dogs. Also discover ways to promote dogs dental health
Let’s Learn Something New Today!
- 1 Let’s Learn Something New Today!
- 2 Symptoms To Look Out For : Dog Dental Care
- 3 Seven Dental Ailments Affecting Your Dogs Teeth
- 4 What can you do to improve Your Dog’s Dental Health?
- 5 Interesting facts about dog dental care
- 6 Wrapping Up : Dog Dental Care
- 7 References
Symptoms To Look Out For : Dog Dental Care
It might be difficult to understand when an adult dog is in pain, due to poor dental health. Dog dental issues can be toothache, swollen or bleeding gums and periodontal disease. Lookout for some tell-tale signs or symptoms in adult dogs that spell out the need for urgent dog dental care. Some common symptoms of poor dental health are:
- Bad Breath (The foul-smelling type)
- Excessive or Unusual Drooling
- Sneezing & Nasal Discharge
- Swelling under the eyes
- Tooth Discolouration (Yellow or Brown Dogs Teeth)
- Red Swollen Gums, Growth on the gums or Bleeding Gums
- Bloody or ropey saliva
- Loose or missing permanent teeth
- Change in eating habits & Loss of appetite
- Weight Loss
- Visible changes around an adult dog’s mouth
- Constant licking or scratching of the mouth by an adult dog
- Difficulty eating or eating with only one side of the mouth
- Sudden change in your pet dog’s personality (Usually characterized by unusual shyness)
Dorky Tip: Any swelling, lumps or even dark unusual coloured tissue in your dogs mouth could be a sign of oral cancer. Visit a vet immediately if you see any such symptoms in your pet dog’s mouth.
Seven Dental Ailments Affecting Your Dogs Teeth
The most common ailment affecting adult dogs is bad breath. Well, it does seem harmless. But foul-smelling breath from a dog’s mouth is a sign that your furry friend requires urgent dog dental care. Periodontal disease affects 80% of adult dogs by the time they are 3 years old.
Let’s look at some common canine dental issues that affect adult dogs:
- Plague – A thin film of bacteria that forms and sticks to the surface of a dogs teeth is known as plague. It occurs due to accumulation of food particles
- Tartar – Saliva found in a dog’s mouth contains minerals. This combines with plague to form a rock-hard layer on the surface of the dogs teeth called Tartar.
- Gingivitis – When tartar seeps into the gum tissue, the gums in a dog’s mouth become red and swollen. This is known as Gingivitis.
- Gingival Hyperplasia – New bacteria affects the red swollen and infected gums. Thus the gums get enlarged every time with higher levels of infection. This is called Gingival Hyperplasia.
- Periodontitis (or Periodontal Disease) – High levels bacteria present in gums cause inflammation and tissue damage in a dog’s mouth. This activates an adult dog’s immune response system. Accumulation of pus due to the bacterial infection leads to tooth root abscess. Infection in gum pockets is also known as periodontal pockets. Periodontal disease or Periodontitis usually affects the largest molar in a dog’s mouth.
- Toothache due to loss of teeth or tissue – Sensitive tissue surrounding dogs teeth or loss of teeth can cause dog toothaches too.
- Enamel Defects – Both deciduous teeth and permanent teeth are prone to canine distemper virus. This leads to thinning of enamel on the dogs teeth. A harmful build-up of chemicals cause enamel thinning too. Enamel defects cause canine dental issues in adult dogs. This condition may be inherited in certain dog breeds such as Huskies.
What can you do to improve Your Dog’s Dental Health?
An adult dog’s mouth can be a good indicator of any dog health problems. Here are some ways to keep your dog’s mouth in the pink of health. Not like there is a solution for each of the 7 Major Ailments but follwoing these practices can make a difference to your dogs dental health
Regularly examine your dogs teeth and check your dog’s mouth for any unusual lumps or swellings. Keep a lookout for chattering jaws when an adult dog eats as it might be a sign of oral discomfort
Do take your pet dog for an annual oral examination and cleaning. Ensure the examination involves X-Ray and use of anaesthesia
Provide safe chewy toys for adult dogs to chew on every day. Avoid the hard ones as they can wreak havoc on your dogs dental health.
Brush, Brush, Brush
Your pet dogs teeth everyday using a soft pet toothbrush and nice tasting dog toothpaste. Make sure you follow this habit with them on a regular basis.
Feed an adult dog good quality pet food. Only buy certified nutritious food from an authentic source / brand.
Plague prevention gel can be used for adult dogs. But it is recommended to be done in consultation with the vet.
Interesting facts about dog dental care
- Carnassial Teeth – The upper fourth premolar on either side of a dog’s mouth is called the Carnassial tooth. This is the largest permanent teeth in a dog’s mouth and helps to shear, crush or hold objects or anything.
- Providing an adult dog with good dental hygiene can add 2-3 years of his life!
- Foul-smelling breath in an adult dog is a condition known as Halitosis.
- Dogs teeth are rarely affected by cavities but they can be treated the same way as human teeth!
- When an adult dog loses one or more permanent teeth, it is lost forever.
Wrapping Up : Dog Dental Care
It is not always easy to spot when adult dogs are in pain due to a toothache or other dog dental problems. As a dog owner, take your furry friend for regular checks at the vet clinic. Also keep tabs on any unusual symptoms in your pet dog’s mouth.
Stronger the dogs teeth, happier are the dogs! (Woof to that my friend!)
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