Plaque and Calculus
Saliva, proteins bacteria and food particles combine to form plaque that will gradually build up it left on the tooth.
The minerals in the saliva then turn this plaque into tartar, a hard, yellowish deposit that collects around the gum line. Tartar can irritate the gums and lead to gingivitis, which is the beginning of periodontal disease.
An OId Age Problem
This can pose a serious problem as your dog ages. Bacteria and toxins attack the teeth, bones, gums and connective tissue around the teeth, which can lead to a serious infection and loss of the tooth.
İnfectious bacteria can reach the lungs, liver, kidneys and heart if they enter the bloodstream.
Therefore, taking care of your dog’s teeth will not only ensure that you have a healthier pet but will also help you avoid high dentist bills.
-Yellow and brown calculus deposits in the gum line.
-Swelling and bleeding in the gums.
Toothpastes containing fluoride are toxic to dogs. Do not use toothpaste made for humans; dogs are uncomfortable with the foam and may become nauseous. There are toothpastes specially prepared for pets that are safer and have a flavor they will like more.
Depending on the size of your dog’s teeth and mouth, you can use a regular toothbrush. However, to make brushing easier, there are also brushes that are specially designed to fit your fingers. Ask your veterinarian which one he/she recommends.
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