Gum Disease and Prevention Techniques

When it comes to your pet's health, you can never do too much to insure that they are happy and healthy. But sometimes even the best of owners can overlook their pet's oral hygiene because they are not aware of the symptoms or causes. The most common oral health care disease in pets is gum disease.

Your pet's gum disease is caused by the same factors that it is in people. Gum disease is caused by a build-up of soft dental plaque around the teeth and gums. This build-up causes an irritation to the gum tissue, and if the plaque becomes too thick it will often lead to an infection in the bone surrounding the teeth. Tartar (calcium salts from saliva that comes into contact with the plaque) will start to form on unclean teeth and is very difficult to remove the thicker it becomes.

Seeing as your animal cannot communicate to you by using words, it is sometimes hard to tell if and where they are hurting. In order to help you determine if your pet suffers from gum disease, we offer you some tips and signs to look for. The first and most common effect noted by owners is their pets seem to have particularly bad breath. Once you take a closer look at your pet's mouth, you should notice some signs of bleeding and general oral irritation. Your pet may become sensitive in their mouth area, and may have trouble eating or not be able to eat at all. The roots of your pet's teeth may become so weak that teeth will begin to fall out.

After reading all the details of what may be occurring in your pet's mouth, learning how to manage and prevent gum disease will be a key aspect of keeping your pet healthy and disease free. The only way to prevent gum disease is by keeping the teeth surfaces clean. This can be achieved by either brushing your pet's teeth, or providing them with food or treats that prevent plaque and tartar build up.

By becoming better informed about your pet's oral hygiene, and following the tips to prevent gum disease from becoming a difficulty in your pet's life, you can offer your pet a longer and happier life.