Dental Problems Dogs Encounter Across The Years

There are a variety of dental issues that can affect dogs throughout their lifetimes, just like they can affect humans. A brief summary of the most prevalent dental problems that dogs may experience at various periods of their lives is as follows:

Like humans, puppies lose their baby teeth to grow adult teeth during teething. They may experience gum irritation, pain, and increased chewing. Offering proper chew toys helps reduce discomfort and harmful chewing.  

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Teething Troubles (Puppies) 

Without proper dental hygiene, dogs can develop plaque and tartar on their teeth. Tartar hardens plaque, a bacteria-laden layer on teeth. Plaque and tartar can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease if left untreated.  

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Plaque and Tartar Build-Up 

Plaque and tartar along the gumline induce gingivitis. Red, swollen gums, foul breath, and bleeding when eating or brushing are symptoms. Brushing your dog's teeth and getting expert cleanings helps prevent and treat gingivitis.  

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Advanced gum disease destroys ligaments, jawbone, and gums. Oral germs destroy dogs' teeth. The symptoms are severe gum inflammation, loose teeth, chewing problems, and bad breath. Professional cleaning, antibiotics, and tooth extraction may be needed.  

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Periodontal Disease 

Eskimo sled dogs. Inuit hunted and protected these creatures. Their rarity in our country makes them pricey. Their winter adaptability and willingness to work and move make them unsuitable household pets. 

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Broken or Cracked Teeth 

Elderly dogs are more likely to have oral tumors. These benign or malignant tumors can cause swelling, bleeding, difficulty eating, and drooling. Early identification and treatment are crucial for oral cancers.  

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Oral Tumors 

Although less prevalent in dogs than people, dental decay can nevertheless occur, especially in sugary or carbohydrate-rich diets. Untreated decay can cause cavities and tooth loss.  

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Tooth Decay 

Malocclusion is tooth or jaw misalignment. Trauma, aberrant tooth wear, or genetics can cause it. Malocclusion may require braces or tooth extraction, depending on severity.  

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