Unfortunately, periodontal disease is more than just a cosmetic problem. In addition to causing inflammation, tooth loss, and pain of your dog, and bacteria that originate in the gums can work their way into the bloodstream and affect the lungs, kidneys, and even the heart. This condition can cause your dog to suffer in silence. The thought of our dogs silently going through from an easily preventable illness is totally heartbreaking. However, studies show that up to 85% of dogs over 3 years suffering from this disease, which is not only painful but quite fatal.
This disease usually begins when plaque forms along the dog’s gum line because of accumulated bacteria and food elements. To avoid further damage, which eventually leads to periodontal disease, you should remove the plaque right away. Otherwise, a combination of minerals of the dog’s saliva and plaque will lead to tartar, also known as calculus, which will obstinately stick to the teeth. The plaque builds up easily when the dog's saliva is more acidic.
While there is no substitute for regular brushing and episodic vet cleanings, there are some easier to follow steps we can all take to improve the health of our dog's mouths.
Chewing can serve as a nature toothbrush. Yet, due to a typical dog food kibble tends to be high in carbohydrates (which leads to the accumulation of food around the gums) chewing the regular normal dog food is simply not enough.
Dental Chew: is a great way to stimulate mechanical abrasion and removal of waste and plaque from the dog mouth. In our research, however, lots of the products on the market contain a long list of questionable ingredients, artificial colorings, preservatives or wheat and gluten.
Another way to encourage your dogs to chew is through durable dog toys with an abrasive surface that helps to grind the plaque. The bottom line is: Whatever you do, your dog deserves the best, and while it's easy to forget about their dental health, it contributes significantly to their overall health.