Toothaches are surprisingly a common issue that dogs deal with due to the inconsistency of proper maintenance. The longer it takes for you to attend to your dog’s tooth problems, the likelihood of the issues worsening will increase quite rapidly. The following tips will give you a better insight on how to treat and avoid current or future dental problems from arising in your dog.
One of the most common tooth problems in dogs is gum disease, with studies stating that over 85% of dogs will experience it in their lifetime. Oral infections due to chipping, loss of teeth, and other hazards entering a dog's mouth is also a common condition among canines. Inflamed gums due to improper alignment of a dog's jaw can also cause discomfort and is unfortunately not something that can visibly be noticeable.
Periodontal disease and gingival hyperplasia is also quite common in dogs with bad dental hygiene and sadly it is a condition that all dogs can acquire. This disease is basically bacteria build up in the gums which causes gum receding as well as loss of proper functions in the gums. Investing in a quality dog tooth brush can do wonders in combating the bacterias that cause this disease. You can also never go wrong with routine dental check ups as well.
Tooth trauma of any kind is also common among adult dogs, especially the very active ones. Tooth chips and trauma often times lead to blood clots in the mouth and teeth loss. In rare cases, dogs end up swallowing the chipped pieces of their teeth which can cause serious damage inside their intestines. The best way to avoid any teeth trauma is through changing your dog's diet. Less bones and more chewable foods will ensure that their teeth will not be susceptible to breakage.
Although it is obvious when your dog is experiencing discomfort, usually their tooth issues aren't visible. Along with their regular routine vet examination, do consider to invest in an oral x-ray exam as well. X-rays are usually recommended to extensively check whether the dog has any internal breakage in their teeth. The hardest part about dental problems in dogs is that you can really pin point what it is that is bothering them.
Tooth root abscess is also something you should look at in your dog's teeth. This condition is basically over exposure of bacteria within the roots of the teeth. If you notice your dog having trouble eating at their normal pace, then it is likely they are slowly building abscess in their teeth. Facial swelling is common among dogs with this condition along with other facial inflammations. If this condition is what your dog is facing, a root canal may need to be performed.
With proper care, you will be able to ensure that your dog doesn't end up having further dental issues. Oral health can prevent many other internal conditions as well. Many conditions occur in dogs from poor dental health, so don't wait any longer to attend to any tooth problems your dog is dealing with. You certainly won't regret prioritizing the oral health of your dog, as it will pay off in the long run.