Did you know that gum disease is actually five times as common in dogs as in people? But neglecting regular dental care is still common in dog owners.
As on human teeth, plaque forms on a dog's teeth after eating. If left alone, the plaque builds, causing inflammation, decay, and eventually bone and tooth loss. All this can become very painful and uncomfortable for your dog - but you may not find out until it's too late because dogs instinctively hide pain.
Here are some tips to ensure good dental hygiene for your dog:
- Brush daily
- Provide good quality food
- Go for regular oral x-rays, exams and cleanings
- Provide safe, teeth-cleaning treats and chew toys