What is Dental Disease?
Dental disease affects your dog’s teeth, gums and structures that support a dog’s teeth. It begins with plaque buildup on the teeth, which contains bacteria and food particles.
If plaque isn’t removed, it starts to turn a yellow/brown colour and hardens into something called tartar. Tartar can form both above and below the gumline. Your vet can remove tartar but this usually involves being put under general anaesthetic, which is always a risk in itself.
A set of beautiful white teeth doesn't always mean that your dog's mouth is healthy. Tartar that makes its way below the gumline where you can’t see is a real problem. It can cause inflammation and damage to the structures that support the teeth and can cause nasty infections.
Signs of canine dental disease can manifest in several ways, often multiple ways for your dog. These symptoms can include bad breath, bleeding gums, painful mouth and gums, broken or loose teeth, refusal or inability to eat or drink and drooling. In serious cases, it can cause organ damage or failure as the bacteria enters the bloodstream. If you notice any of these signs, individually or as multiple, you must take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.