It turns out that it is important to take care of this part of oral hygiene because tartar can cause infections and possibly other problems. Want to know how to remove tartar in dogs and take care of their oral health? Read on!
Just like in humans, bacteria are also found in dogs’ mouths, where plaque builds up from food scraps. All this forms tartar that builds up between the tooth and the gums and spreads from there to affect the oral structures, something that can play into infections and diseases.
When our dog has tartar, it cannot be removed by brushing his teeth, he needs to visit the vet instead. Therefore, it is better to try to prevent tartar in dogs altogether. However, there are breeds that are more likely than others to get tartar, for example:
- Smaller breeds. Their tooth enamel is weaker and has poorer quality than other breeds. They have smaller teeth that are closer together, which is a problem when it comes to cleaning them, which leads to tartar developing.
- Brakycefal dogs. The shape of the head means that the teeth are closer to each other, which makes it difficult to completely clean them and which eventually leads to tartar.
- Dogs older than five years. If we have not taken measures to prevent tartar in dogs before the age of five, tartar will build up more easily.
There are many infections and diseases caused by the buildup of tartar, but the most common consequences are:
- Bad breath. Tartar is just the beginning when it comes to poor oral hygiene; Bad breath will no doubt become a problem and be felt from a distance. The bad smell is due to the tartar and can also trigger another oral disease that is not visible at first glance. A visit to the vet is necessary in this case.
- Gingivitis. This is a disease of the gums that is noticed by redness and bleeding. The gums can separate from the teeth so that in the worst case the tooth can fall loose.
- Periodontitis. This is often followed by halitosis or gingivitis and is a condition in which the teeth begin to loosen due to tartar. The least serious consequence is the loss of teeth, as the disease attacks the mouth, but can also spread to the animal’s eyes and nose.
- Various infections. Failure to treat these diseases can lead to serious infections that can affect vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and intestines.
Given how serious tartar can be in dogs, we of course ask ourselves an important question: how can we do to prevent tartar in dogs? Take a look at these tips:
- Daily brushing. Just like us humans, dogs should brush their teeth regularly. It will take some effort on your part, but it will be worth it. Just choose a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for dogs.
- Food and special toys. There are plenty of accessories at the pet store to help you prevent tartar, such as dog food and candy. Talk to your veterinarian and ask for their professional recommendation.
- Maintain good health. If the general health of the animal is good, the health of the teeth will also be in good condition. Good dog food and daily training is what is needed.
If you start preventing tartar in good time before it appears, both you and your dog have much less to worry about later.