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What can you do right now to prevent it?
Periodontal disease or periodontitis is an ailment that develops over time. It starts with the teeth, slowly affects the gums and eventually may even lead to bone loss. It is a painful disease that can adversely affect a dog's health as it hinders their capability to eat.
You may have concerns that your dog’s teeth and gums are not very healthy, but does he/she have Periodontal Disease?
Unlike us, dogs don’t have opposable thumbs to help them clamp down on a toothbrush and squeeze out some toothpaste. Even if they did, they probably would do what the average three year old does and pout about it. Since we all know that dogs don’t receive three daily brushes like us, and since our pets love to put things in their mouths that we get queasy about just looking at, we might get concerned that they don’t have healthy teeth and gums.
Preventing Periodontal Disease is simple with anesthesia free teeth cleaning and other methods
Lucky for us, there are a lot of great prevention methods to make sure our pets don’t ever become victims of gingivitis and plaque. While the most obvious thing to do is take your pet in to get their yearly or bi-yearly teeth checkup, those spaces in between can have detrimental effects on your dogs teeth and gum health. Prevention methods like anesthesia free teeth cleaning, a good diet, and even exercise, are great ways to make sure your dog is staying healthy about the mouth.
Your dog may get Periodontal Disease for a number of different reasons. Luckily, certain methods like anesthesia free teeth cleaning are around to stop it
Periodontal Disease happens when bacteria from food and other things (such as the leather from your new shoes) accumulates along the gums and between the teeth of your dog. Once bacteria is nice and settled in, it accumulates to create plaque buildup. The same thing happens to us humans when we aren’t careful with what we eat (although we tend to stay away from leather shoes.) Plaque acts very fast to solidify, and the tartar it produces makes the gums red and itchy.