How do dogs develop dental disease?

Posted: 12th February 2018

Taking care of your dog’s teeth is as important as looking after your own. Proper dental care is essential to keep your dog healthy.

How do dogs develop dental disease?

Saliva, bacteria and food particles combine to form plaque every day. Within 24 hours, the plaque may begin to turn into tartar, a hard yellowish deposit on the teeth. Plaque also causes gingivitis – an infection of the gum - that is the first stage of periodontal disease.

Gum disease is the most common condition in adult dogs and affects four out of five dogs over the age of three years of age. It is very painful, even if your dog may not show it. The major cause of gum disease is accumulation of plaque, which harbours a large amount of bacteria. These bacteria can spread to the lungs, liver, kidney and heart, causing infection.

Signs of dental disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow and brown tartar deposits on the teeth – normal teeth should always be white
  • A red line along the gum line (gingivitis)
  • Difficulty eating
  • Bleeding gums

Ask for your dog’s oral care check today!