As a responsible pet owner, you give your best friend high quality food, regular exercise, grooming, and veterinary care. However, if you are like thousands of other Costa Mesa residents, you probably overlook an essential wellness component – dog dental care.
Dogs can develop tooth decay, although it is less common than in humans. Your dog’s mouth hosts many strains of oral bacteria. The variety known as Streptococcus mutans, which feasts on starches and sugars, is largely responsible for cavity-causing acids. Because animals don’t naturally consume a lot of carbohydrates, their bacterial microsystem doesn’t readily foster tooth decay.
Giving your pet “people food,” especially grains and sweet snacks, dramatically increases risk of tooth decay. Without regular veterinary checkups, you probably won’t notice cavities until they cause your dog significant discomfort, and require extraction.
Dog gum disease
A dog’s mouth has a higher concentration of Porphyromonas than a human’s oral cavity. This family of bacteria causes gum disease. It builds up because dogs cannot brush and floss daily.
Plaque hardens into tartar at the gum line, irritating soft tissues. As gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease, you notice yellowed teeth, foul breath, and possibly dark discoloration at the gum line. Just like in humans, canine gum disease is a major culprit in tooth loss and linked to serious health issues including heart problems.
What you can do
- Start with a dental evaluation, cleaning, and fluoride at All Creatures Care Cottage.
- Follow the veterinarian’s suggestions for a dental-healthy diet.
- Ask for tips on cleaning your pet’s teeth at home.
- Make nightly dental care a fun, bonding routine.
- Schedule regular non-anesthetic dental cleanings as recommended by the doctor, or as part of your pet’s grooming appointments.
For more tips on dog dental care, contact All Creatures Care Cottage in Costa Mesa at .