We often forget that along with brushing our own teeth, it’s important to take care of our dogs’ teeth too. Dental disease in dogs can cause problems ranging from bad breath to heart disease. Let’s take a peak into a dog’s mouth and see how dental disease develops.
First, your dog eats his delicious meal (or some equally-delicious poop). Particles stick on the teeth and form a bacteria-filled film called plaque. After a few days the plaque turns into tartar – that hard white or brown stuff you can sometimes see on teeth. Bacteria in the tartar then eats away at the enamel on the teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. It also makes its way inside your dog’s gums, causing inflammation and sometimes bleeding. At this point you may notice your dog’s breath smelling a little unpleasant.
If it continues to progress, the bacteria can break down your dog’s gums and even the bones below the gums. This eventually leads to tooth loss. Furthermore, bacteria can get into the blood stream and infect the heart, kidneys, and liver. Who would’ve thought? All that from a little bacteria in food particles!
So, what can you do to stop this bacteria from taking over?
- Brush your dog’s teeth daily to get the plaque off before it turns into tartar.
- Give your dog bones, rawhides, and sticks to chew on. This helps scrape away any plaque that you missed.
- Remove tartar that has built up. You can do this by taking your dog to the vet for regular teeth cleanings. We also have an all-natural tartar removing product sold right here at Ollu, which can be used in addition to vet visits.
So buy a tooth brush, throw your dog a bone, and fight that plaque!