We all know what a toothache feels like. Have just a bit of a problem with your oral health, and you can feel tremors of pain shake up your entire body from within. If that's the case with us humans, of course, it is the same with animals. They deserve all the care they can get and dental or oral health remains at the top. Let's look into how dental care and hygiene works for dogs.
Your dog's oral health can get affected by many dental disorders. These range from mild to severe, but it all starts with a bacterial infection. On the other hand, the breeds of your dog can also play a role in the kind of disease they are most likely to develop. For example, small breeds are more likely to have unerupted teeth, that is, teeth that are under the gumline. Even if there is one tooth like that, your friendly pooch is exposed to the risks of developing a cavity. Small breeds are also more likely to develop periodontitis, a condition which causes severe tissue damage in bones, gums and the ligaments.
Another developmental abnormality can include an improper sequence in which your dog's teeth develop. Do you remember your baby teeth and how losing them was an important stage in your life? It's pretty much the same case with our canine friends. Improper growth can lead to biting problems, and of course, if your dog is not able to bite properly, it can further lead to complications in the digestive system and physical health. Developmental problems can also impose a higher risk for infections.
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From gum diseases to damage of tissues inside your dog's mouth, taking care of your canine friend can make you nervous, but there's no need to be afraid. Here's a compilation of simple do's and don'ts of doggy dental care, to make it easy for you to look after your pet buddy.
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