A dog’s mouth is an important part of his body for eating, and communicating. The jaws are essential instruments for grinding and crushing. To keep your lovely happy and healthy, this part of his body must be well taken care of.
Periodontal pawing at the mouth, abnormal drooling, mouth tenderness, facial inflammation, obvious oral bleeding, sneezing, nasal discharge and swelling around the eyes disease, affect more than 50% of dogs. After eating, small particles of food build up inside the mouth. If these particles are not removed, bacteria feed on them and they are decomposed. This results to formation of plaque and tartar inside the mouth.
With time, the plaque and tartar push the gums away from the teeth and after a while, the teeth loosen. When this happens, the roots of the teeth are exposed and there is a high probability of infection. If it is not treated on time, the infection could spread to other vital parts of the body where the bacteria multiply and cause greater health problems.
Change in eating habit is one of the earliest symptoms of mouth disease in dogs. Other important signs and symptoms include Pawing at the mouth, abnormal drooling, mouth tenderness, facial inflammation, obvious oral bleeding, sneezing, nasal discharge and swelling around the eyes. Bad breadth is the most obvious sign of periodontal disease that every do owner would notice.
To prevent periodontal disease, you must feed your dog with less of soft canned food because experts found out these foods encourage the build-up of plaque. The same may not be the same with dry foods, as they do not stick to the teeth.
Apart from watching your dog’s diet, you need to take him to a pet specialist for regular dental check-ups, may be every three months. Oral examination may be done during the visit to the specialist. Several herbal supplements are available commercially to be used as mouth wash.
Immediately you see any sign of periodontal disease, see a veterinarian for the necessary treatment and professional advice. You can ensure proper dental health by brushing your pet’s teeth using special brush for pets. Good dental hygiene will help your dog stay health and live long. Visit PetMd to learn more about periodontal diseases and how to treat them.