Periodontal Disease in Dogs: What You Need to Know
Did you know that more than 80% of dogs are diagnosed with periodontal disease by the age of 3? This is a disease that affects the bone and gum tissue that supports your dog’s teeth. The bacteria in their mouths cause inflammation, which destroys the bone supporting the teeth. Once this happens, it causes tooth loss and serious problems with chewing food.
Let's look at periodontal disease and how it affects dogs.
3 Things to Know About Dog Periodontal Disease
When you think about your dog's health, periodontal disease might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, it's a condition that can have serious consequences for your dog and their oral health.
Here are three important things you should know about periodontal disease:
It's an infection caused by bacteria.
Bacteria usually sprout when a dog's mouth is not as clean as it should be. The bacteria build up on the teeth and gums and irritate them, which causes the symptoms of periodontal disease. These symptoms include redness of the gums, bad breath, bleeding, and loss of appetite.
If left untreated, these problems will worsen over time. It’s not just a problem for older dogs. While periodontal disease is more common in older dogs, it can also affect younger ones.
It affects the tissue surrounding your dog's teeth.
The health of the gums is important because it will affect how well your dog can chew and digest food. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss or, even worse, death. Plus, always be careful about what you feed your dogs, as a lot of commercial dog foods contain sugar and preservatives, which can cause dental problems. A healthy diet for your dogs should include high-quality protein sources, vegetables, and fruits. In this way, it won't affect the tissue around your dog's teeth, preventing periodontal disease.
It can be prevented with regular cleanings.
Be a responsible fur parent, and make sure you brush your dog's teeth regularly. This will prevent periodontal disease in dogs and keep their mouth healthy. The veterinarian can also prescribe medications like antibiotics or antiseptics that can help treat the inflammation. With the right treatment, your dog will be back to its happy self in no time. And, of course, be consistent with your dog's dental hygiene. Regular brushing and cleanings will keep your dog healthy and happy for many years to come.
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