When to take your dog to the dentist
Caring for your dog’s teeth is not only an important part of grooming and keeping up appearances, it is an integral part of keeping your dog healthy on a greater scale. You should brush your dog’s teeth regularly to keep mouth and teeth in good condition. However, sometimes the dental care required goes beyond your own capabilities.
The American Kennel Club’s clues that it’s time to visit the dentist include:
Doggie breath. Many people think it’s natural for dogs to have bad breath. This is a misconception. Plaque and tartar builds up on dogs’ teeth, just as it can in our own mouths. If their teeth aren’t brushed regularly, this bacteria gets caught below the gum line and results in bad breath. The foul odour is more than just morning breath and can be a sign of periodontal disease.
Broken teeth. Dogs love to chew because it helps satisfy their predatory instincts. However, be careful about what your dog puts in its mouth on, because some items can actually break teeth. When a tooth breaks and exposes a nerve, it can be very painful and requires immediate attention.
Loose teeth. Your dog’s teeth should not move or shift in the gum. If they do, it could be a warning sign for a number of potential problems, including a fractured root or even a disease causing poor bone support on a deeper level. Whatever the underlying cause, a trip to the veterinary dentist is necessary to make sure your dog’s overall health and happiness isn’t compromised.