Estimates suggest that more than 80 percent of dogs age 3 or older show signs of periodontal disease.
Read on for some dental facts and myths:
Dogs need their teeth brushed regularly: FACT. The accumulation of tartar and plaque along and below the gum-line leads to gingivitis, an early form of periodontal disease. To decrease plaque and tartar buildup, brush your dog’s teeth daily, if possible, but at least twice a week.
Kibble cleans teeth better than canned food: MYTH. Research shows that feeding kibble does not decrease the accumulation of plaque or tartar on dogs’ teeth versus feeding canned food. For between-meal cleaning, we recommend products endorsed by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC.org), which include dental chews, treats, and water additives shown to control the build-up of plaque and/or tartar.
Dogs require regular dental checkups: FACT. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to kidney, liver, and heart problems in dogs. Pain, loose teeth, and problems chewing also impact a dog’s quality of life.
Hard dental chews promote strong teeth: MYTH. Hard items such as deer antlers, bones, nylon chews, and cow hoofs are a leading cause of broken teeth in dogs.
Bad Doggie breath is normal: MYTH. Chronic bad breath may indicate disease and warrants a trip to the veterinarian.
Preventing dental disease with regular at-home and veterinary care will help ensure a dog’s teeth stay healthy throughout his life.
Check out the video link below to see the hysterical Andy Roark discussing the above issues!!