It’s a fact. Most dog owners never take a good look inside their dog’s mouth. And that’s unfortunate because it is estimated that over 80 percent have significant oral pathology. Every day veterinarians are presented with patients for routine vaccinations or other minor afflictions whose oral health status is truly cause for alarm. Upon displaying the dog’s loose teeth, sore and infected gums, and rotting tooth sockets to the dog’s owner, the response usually is one of surprise and shock. Partly because the mouth is warm, moist and has significant nutrients present for organisms to grow on, the oral cavity of dogs is a perfect incubator for all kinds of bacteria. Even with a cracked tooth or periodontal disease that damages gums around the teeth, your dog would probably eat normally, wiggle happily at your return home, and overall act like the same dog you know and love.
Your pet may be in chronic pain, but you wouldn’t know it.. Brushing your dog’s teeth and providing him with a healthy diet and plenty of chew toys can go long way toward keeping his mouth healthy. Brushing your dog’s teeth – preferably with a natural pet toothpaste, gel or spray – is helpful, as well as giving him plenty of raw, consumable bones – or natural chews like deer antlers. Sometimes a dog can simply be blessed with attributes that make his teeth healthier, but who wants to chance that? You need regular dental care and you brush your teeth everyday – why wouldn’t your pets?