Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:44
Humans aren’t the only ones who need to maintain dental care.
Pets need but don’t often receive the requisite dental care to have solid oral health. As a result, many studies indicate that dogs have some type of gum disease. This stems from the fact most dog owners pay little to no attention to cleaning their dog’s teeth on a regular basis.
Gum disease can prevent a dog from being able to chew properly, in addition to causing pain and systemic health issues.
The main reason for pet oral health problems comes from a lack of education about the issue. A large percentage of pet owners don’t know how vital it is to maintain the oral hygiene of their pet.
Therefore, it’s up to veterinarians to provide some of education to pet owners about the pet’s oral health. Taking a pet for a type of dental checkup would help as well.
Swollen or sore gums are two of the biggest signs of gum disease. If a pet shows these symptoms, the pet should be checked to see if the symptoms do, in fact, stem from gum disease.