Protect Your Pet’s Oral Health

May 12, 2017 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Approximately 80 percent of dogs over the age of three have some form of oral disease, typically gum disease. Similar to humans, plaque buildup on your pet’s teeth can lead to gum disease, which in turn can lead to heart disease. Small breeds are more prone to gum disease because they have a lot of teeth crowded into a tiny space, making cleaning more difficult.

 

Here are some important steps to keep your pet’s mouth healthy:

 

  1. Brush your pet’s teeth often. Every day is preferred but at least several times per week.
  2. Perform routine mouth inspections. Check for loose teeth as well as unusual bumps on or under the tongue, along the gum line, and in the roof of the mouth. Also note differences in your dog’s breath.
  3. Schedule regular oral exams with a veterinarian.
  4. In addition, feeding a nutritionally-balanced, species-appropriate diet and dental dog chews can help control plaque and tarter buildup.

 

With some attentive home dental care, you can keep your pet’s mouth healthy and prevent any future problems linked to gum disease.

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