It’s no secret that Americans love their dogs. Last year alone we spent about 300 billion dollars on toys, care, and grooming for our canine friends. More important than the latest chew toy or orthopedic bed for our arthritic dog, however, is something many dog owners miss: oral health care.
Though it might sound ludicrous, on par with buying your dog perfume, oral health care is just as important for your pooch as it is for you.
The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth twice a day to prevent the buildup of plaque. Plaque that remains on teeth produces acid that leaches mineral content, which erodes enamel.
The process of plaque buildup is much the same in dogs. Many pet foods contain excessive carbohydrates that act as a glue for dehydrated meat proteins. Those carbohydrates can often linger in your pet’s mouth, turn into simple sugars, and feed plaque, causing numerous issues from bad breath to periodontal disease.
In humans, untreated gum disease is associated with several serious health problems. From cardiovascular disease, lung infections, and pregnancy complications, keeping our gums healthy is critical. Keeping our dog’s gums healthy is just as important for them.
According to a recent study, 4 out of 5 dogs will get periodontal disease in their lifetime. Letting gum disease persist in our pets starts as bad breath then leads to lost teeth, expensive procedures, and even problems with their heart.
Keep Charge Of Your Dental Health and Your Dog’s
Caring for your dog’s mouth doesn’t have to be complicated. Brushing your dog’s teeth just three times a week can help prevent plaque buildup, and there are other options such as special chew toys and even doggie mouth wash.
What’s most important is remaining cognizant of possible complications. As with the recommended two dental cleanings per year, regularly checking your dog’s mouth will help to prevent gum disease, discover other possible issues such as broken or fractured teeth, and will give you the peace of mind that comes with caring for your animal.
If you haven’t taken care of your own mouth lately, then it’s time to start. Schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning or routine check-up, because the first step to maintaining a bright, healthy smile is by staying aware of possible issues in the future.
If you’re looking for a smile solution in Scripps Ranch, please call today for an appointment with Dr.G at Oasis Dental Arts.