One of the most pressing ailments that plague all of the canine breed is dental disease. This problem results from excessive plaque accumulation. This accumulation is caused by a mixture of food bits, bacteria, and saliva that clung onto your pup’s chompers.
This disease can and will affect all kinds of dogs. Its most frequent victims, however, include greyhounds, cavaliers, and the British bulldog. Experts have found out that flat-nosed pups, as well as those with oral cavities that are typically crowded, are most prone to canine dental disease.
What are the stats?
The numbers are far from reassuring. According to studies, dental disease affects around 70% of domesticated cats and canines. As for dog-specific numbers, here’s one: 87% of adult dogs (three years and above) fall prey to this illness.
What is the cause?
Diet is the number one culprit of dog dental disease. Dog foods that are heavily processed are to blame. Often these products contain gluten, cereals, corn wheat, and lots of carbs and sugar. These are big contributors to the plaque-causing micro-particles that accumulate in your pup’s mouth, specifically in and around their teeth.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms will vary depending on the severity of your pup’s dental disease. The most common manifestations include visible tartar, inflammation in the gums, gingivitis, and even problems in your pup’s jawbone. In worse scenarios, symptoms come with intense pain.
Supposed your generally well-tempered dog started whimpering or howling without any obvious reasons, it might be time to inspect what’s happening inside their mouth. Remember that dental disease in canines can easily lead to life-threatening infections, tooth loss, and bone damage in the jaw area.
Dental disease is also associated with major organ failures. Yes, a simple tooth plaque can slyly progress into something more sinister, such as heart failure, and even cancer.
What is the solution?
Solution starts with the problem’s oft-cited root cause. That is your dog’s daily diet.
Look into your current dog food brand’s list of ingredients. If you see the culprits in there, like the ones mentioned above, ditch what you are presently feeding your pup and scour the supermarket for another label. You will not go wrong with products boasting of natural ingredients and natural processing.
You must also be wary of added contents like artificial flavors and preservatives, as well as meat derivatives.
So as not to overwhelm your pup with a sudden change in their diet, introduce them to their new food gradually. Conduct the process through a ten-day period at the very least. Doing so will also prevent the likelihood of your pup suffering from upset digestive tracts.
If you have never given much though about your dog’s oral hygiene in the past, it is about time to change your attitude regarding this subject. Your dog requires consistent and reliable oral cleaning procedures just as much as you do. So provide them with a teeth-cleaning toy to gnaw on.
Lastly, start committing to regularly brushing your dog’s set of teeth and the rest of their oral cavity. Brushing goes a long way in terms of a dog’s oral health.