Why Dental Care Is Important For Your Poodle
The American Veterinary Dental Society estimates that 80% of all dogs over the age of 3 have tooth decay and gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by poor dental hygiene. Food particles and bacteria remain in the dogs mouth and plaque forms on the teeth. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that covers the teeth. Plaque can be removed by brushing your dogs teeth. Plaque deposits can turn into tarter in about 3 to 5 days.
The continued build-up of tartar both above and below the gum line eventually leads to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, is a very common infectious disease caused by bacteria that make up plaque. This results in inflammation of the structures that support the teeth and gum tissue.
Periodontal disease can lead to serious health problems. The infection can travel through the blood stream and damage the heart, liver or kidneys.
Gum Disease Can Be Prevented
Brush your poodle’s teeth daily
Provide a crunchy diet
Give your poodle dental treats and chew toys
Regular veterinary dental exams, once or twice a year
February is Pet Dental Health month. I am trying to start brushing my dog’s teeth every day from now on. So far, I have brushed their teeth 5 out of the last 7 days (it’s a start). I encourage you to join me and let me know how it goes.