Your dogs teeth......
WITH THANKS TO DOG SOLUTIONS FOR THIS ARTICLE.
Just like people, dogs can break
or fracture their teeth. And just like us, they get gum disease too.
Dogs are five times more likely to get gum disease than humans for
a couple of reasons.
"Plaque is made up of saliva, food debris, sloughed cells
from the lining of the mouth, oral bacteria, and their by-products," says
Colleen O'Morrow, DVM, a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and a
veterinary dentist in Canada.
"As the plaque thickens from not being cleaned away on a
regular daily basis, the bacteria multiply."
Once the bacteria multiply, so do the problems. As the
bacteria increases, your dog's mouth mobilises cells to fight the
invasion. Those mobilised cells and the bacteria combine to cause
inflammation and tissue destruction in your dog's mouth.
As the inflammation and tissue destruction progress, they destroy
bone, which ultimately leads to tooth loss -- and a lot of pain for your dog or
Be Aware: Dogs
Rarely Show Signs of Dental Pain
Even with a cracked tooth or periodontal disease, your dog would
probably eat normally, wiggle happily at your return home - overall, they will
act like that same crazy, lovable dog you know.
Your pet may be in chronic pain, but you wouldn't know it.
Why? Dogs have evolved to hide such chronic pain. Their
animal instinct is just not to show signs of weakness.
"In my experience the No. 1 sign of periodontal disease is no
signs at all," says Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC,
DAAPM, a veterinary dentist.
"The number of patients I see a year that come in because
there is pain is less than 5%," says Beckman, while more than 80% of dogs
have periodontal disease by the time they're 3 years old. (I found this to be
an amazing statistic)
"I really want to get that point across," says Beckman,
"there are almost always no signs at all" of dental pain.
Working systemically, it causes the plaque bacteria to lose its
stickiness thereby preventing the plaque from sticking to the teeth in the
No sticky plaque = no
No plaque build up =
huge increase in oral hygiene.
Good oral hygiene = happy
dogs and cats.
Ask your vet about PlaqueOff Animal when you see them on your
pet's next check up or sort out their teeth now and order.