Canine gum disease , plaque and bad breath

Foul teeth and gum disease (known as gingivitis, from the latin it is meaning disease or itis of the gums or ginga), is a painful and debilitating disease in dogs. The bacteria in the mouth smell bad, hence the bad breath (known as halitosis, it is essentially bacteria farts). Bad breath in dogs is often the first sign that all is not well in the mouth (and possibly gut). Sadly gum disease in dogs is the most frequent clinical problem in small animal practice today, affecting 90% of dogs today by the age of three years. Cleaning dogs teeth often requires anaesthesia and sometimes surgery, however it is preventable regular use of Plaque Away and Chew Roots , Buffalo Horns and Bones

 

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1 How Is Gum Disease in Dogs Dangerous?

It arises from a build up of plaque that, when left unattended, forms a tough layer of yellow tartar beside the blood rich gum line. Bacteria now have easy access to the blood-highway. This is bad news. This means the immune system is in a constant state of arousal, defending itself from invaders, drawing daily on the bodies resources leaving the patient more vulnerable to disease. Worse still it has a knock-on effect on other organs too.

Studies have shown that advanced periodontal disease can lead to heart, liver, kidney and respiratory problems. periodontitis can also complicate the management of diseases such as diabetes

British Veterinary Dental Association

2. Be Aware: Dogs Rarely Show Signs of Dental Pain

Even with a cracked tooth or periodontal disease that damages gums around the teeth, your dog would probably eat normally, wiggle happily at your return home, and overall act like the same dog you know and love.

Your pet may be in chronic pain, but you wouldn’t know it. Why? Dogs have evolved to hide such chronic pain. Their animal instinct is not to show signs of weakness.

3. Know the Signs of Advanced Dental Problems in Dogs

However, once an oral health problem is advanced, you may see certain symptoms, including:

  • Red or bleeding gums
  • Blood on a chew toy
  • Vocalizing when they yawn or eat
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Lumps or bumps in the mouth
  • Ropey or bloody saliva
  • Head shyness (your pet not wanting you to touch their head)
  • Difficulty picking up food
  • Chewing on one side of their mouth
  • Nasal discharge and sneezing (advanced gum disease in the upper canine teeth can lead to bone loss between the nasal and oral cavity)

Also, keep an eye out for discolored teeth, broken teeth, loose teeth, or rotated teeth. All are signs of teeth gone bad. Too often, pet owners blame these symptoms on aging

Taking care of your dog's oral health is similar to taking care of your own. To maintain a healthy mouth, many we recommend:

Daily chew time. Another way to keep your dog's mouth in top form is to give them safe toys and treats to chew every day. Go for bones , chew roots , dental sticks , Buffalo Horn  and add Plaque Away to food . And steer clear of fuzzy tennis balls, whose abrasive surface can wear a dog's teeth down as they chew.

Good-quality dog food..Is a must as the cheaper foods don't have enough atural ingredients in them to keep the immune system boosted  This may mean feeding your dog foods with extra additives such as Plaque Away  that helps keep plaque from forming or hardening, or dried foods and treats that help scrub your dog's teeth as he chews.

5. Regularly Examine Your Dog's Teeth

You can't be expected to diagnose gum disease or other serious oral issues in your dog's mouth, but there are things to look for

  • Look for broken or discolored teeth.
  • Check your dog's mouth for odor, especially odor that returns within one or two months after a cleaning.
  • Look for bleeding in the water bowl, or when your dog is playing with a chew toy.
  • Check for lumps or bumps in or around your dog’s mouth, especially any swelling present on one side but not the other.
  • Be alert for increased resistance to toothbrushing.
  • Notice if your pet is turning away from food.
  • Listen for chattering jaws when your dog eats.

If you see any of these issues while caring for your dog's teeth, talk to your veterinarian right away; your pooch may be in pain and need urgent oral care.

How Does Plaque Away Work?

The ingredients of this product reduce tartar build up in your pet,  Plaque Away is a natural, organic, herbal and seaweed blend which, when sprinkled on the food morning and night, will work systemically through your dog’s saliva, killing bacteria, freshening breath in days, and loosening tartar in 5-8wks.  Over time the simple action of chewing on his toys or eating his dinner will be enough to remove the tartar from this teeth, or better still to be easily removed by the simple chewing of a nice, fresh bone, which is a dog’s natural toothbrush , Bufflo Horn  . Made in England, Plaque Away contains no artificial chemicals, additives or preservatives.

Darren Gallagher