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5 of the most common tooth problems in dogs

Tooth care is very often overlooked in caring for dogs; whilst no owner would willingly ignore any part of their dog’s health, dental care may go undetected if you don’t know what to look for. In this guide we consider the 5 most common tooth problems in dogs.

5. Loose Teeth

If you have a puppy then loosing teeth is a natural process; however you should check inside their mouths every so often to ensure that teeth that have come out don’t have any left over roots. This will also help your puppy become accustomed to people opening their mouth, which is essential for their life ahead.

For adult dogs a loose tooth can pose a problem and can be generally put down to either a knock that they’ve suffered or gum disease. Either of these situations need to be checked out by a veterinarian.

4. Misaligned Teeth

Misaligned teeth occur in dogs just as they do in humans, they can also suffer from misaligned jaws. These can often be difficult to spot by the untrained eye; however the more serious of misalignments will be easier to spot. In the worst case scenario your dog may find it difficult to eat or chew.  These issues are the reason that you should pet insurance cover and invest in it before the dog ages, as often dental issues for dogs can be quite costly.

3. Periodontal (gum) disease

Looking for periodontal (gum) disease is relatively easy; most serous gum conditions will involve bleeding gums, and so by inspecting their toys for spots of blood you can establish whether they may be suffering from gum disease.

Gum disease is generally caused by the building up of plaque which then becomes a hardened, brown substance (known as tartar). The problems occur when tartar goes beneath the gums, and can lead to inflamed and sore gums.

Many things can cause gum disease (such as age, diet and even the way your dog chews), however some simple home brushing and raw hide chews can stop the problem before it starts.

2. Tooth Trauma

Tooth trauma doesn’t have to be caused by a bad knock to the mouth; in fact it can be caused by something as simple as chewing on the wrong objet at home. Hard objects can cause a tooth to split of crack, which will inevitably worsen if left untreated.

1. Tooth Root Abscess’

As any human will know who’s suffered a tooth root abscess, this oral problem can be amongst the most painful around. This issue can arise due to a number of situations that sees the root of a tooth exposed to harmful bacteria, which, in turn, gives way to infection.

If your dog is showing signs of uncomfortable eating, or a disinterest in food then you should check for swelling within their mouths (or in the most serious of cases ,you may see their face swell). In any instance, if you suspect a tooth root abscess then you should see a vet immediately, particularly as your dog may be in great pain.

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Staying on top of your dog’s dental health can be as simple as ensuring you visit the vet regularly; a check up every 6 months, coupled with a good diet and healthy chews should be more than sufficient for looking after your furry friend.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.