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Neglecting to take proper care of your dog’s dental health can do lots of damage to his overall health. There are many problems that have been associated with poor dental hygiene in dogs. It could end up leading to periodontal disease which is a disease that results in bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. Poor oral hygiene can also trigger other health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.
Here are a few issues that are caused by you not paying careful attention to your dog’s oral hygiene:
- Dental diseases which promote inflammation
Bacteria caused by the dental infection will trigger your dog’s immune system, resulting in inflammation. The inflammation successfully kills bacteria but it also destroys tissue. This further leads to infection, tissue loss, and pain in the areas surrounding the tissues that have been affected. The severity of the inflammation depends on the severity of the dental disease and the bacteria that it causes.
- Dental diseases increase your dog’s risk of getting heart disease.
Dental disease has been linked to heart problems such as endocarditis. Dogs who suffer from periodontal disease are six times more at risk of getting endocarditis than dogs who don’t. The bacteria which is found in the infected valves of the heart are identical to the bacteria found in the infected mouth.
- Dental diseases complicate diabetes.
Diabetes and periodontal disease feed on each other and worsen over time. The more severe your dog’s diabetes, the more serious his periodontal disease. The inflammation which is associated with periodontal disease can have a big impact on the blood sugar metabolism in your dog’s body. The inflammation decreases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which is a hormone that is involved in the blood sugar regulation. Address the oral problem to stabilize diabetes.
- Dental diseases can lead to pain and sensitivity.
Dogs are masters at hiding pain. They might behave normal and even continue eating as if everything is normal. This however, may not always be the case. Dental diseases can be hidden. Your dog continues eating by avoiding the problematic tooth. He may however start showing certain symptoms such as swelling, a change in eating habits, bleeding, or drooling.By the time a clear sign comes up, it’s usually too late to salvage the tooth. There is a big chance that your dog has been living in pain for quite a while.
- Dental diseases may lead to a broken jaw.
Dental diseases have a high likelihood of causing broken jaws – especially in smaller breeds such as poodles and Chihuahuas. They already have pretty small jaws and an infection will just weaken them even more. A jaw fracture can be caused by simply jumping off of a couch.
Take care of your dog’s teeth. You’ll just have to spare 5 minutes of your day. That’s nothing compared to the months of pain he may have to suffer through when you neglect to care for his teeth.