When was the last time you looked inside
your pet's mouth?
Dental Disease Precursors
Periodontal disease in dogs
Periodontal disease in dogs, or dental disease as it is often called, is one of the most common problems seen in veterinary practise, but very often goes undetected by dog parents.
Dental disease precursors to Periodontal Disease are plaque and calculus.
Plaque is the initial stage of dental disease. When it is first deposited it is yellowish-brown in colour and soft in texture. As it hardens it becomes known as calculus.
Calculus collects on all tooth surfaces, but is found in the greatest amounts on the cheek sides of the upper premolars and molars, and on the lingual surfaces of the lower incisors (front teeth). These particular areas are where the salivary ducts open into the mouth.
Calculus, commonly referred to as tartar, is composed of 3 different types of matter:
- calcium salts
- food particles
- other organic matter
The build up of calculus on teeth is the main cause of dental disease in dogs. It occurs pretty much to some extent in all dogs over the age of 2 years, and its presence and severity is determined very much by the type of food dogs' eat and their home oral hygiene routine.
- an oral examination by their vet at least once a year
- their teeth Brushed at least once a day - preferably after eating, or
- a Pig's Ear or Dental Chew Bone after eating to encourage them to start chewing and gnawing and to get their saliva flowing, which is so crucial to keeping a build-up of plaque and calculus at bey.
Video - the importance of a daily routine of brushing your dogs teeth
Take a moment to check out the video below.
This video is the best I have been able to find which explains in simple language, why it is so important to your dog's present and future health to introduce a daily dental care routine.
This article and information forms part of the Carole's Doggie World Holistic Library and is presented for informational purposes only.The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local vet. Instead, the content offers the reader information researched and written by Carole Curtis for www.carolesdoggieworld.com