Oral Hygiene and Your Dog's Health | petMD

A professional cleaning can keep your dog’s teeth and gums clean and healthy.
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Unhealthy teeth and gums along with halitosis (bad breath) can be caused by dental diseases that can shorten the life span, cause pain and even turn fatal for your dog if left untreated. It is important to seek professional animal dental care when your furry friend experiences bleeding dog gums or other dental issues, to avoid a late diagnosis of these health concerns.
Brushing a dog's teeth is the most effective method of keeping teeth and gums healthy
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Adding a fresher form of food to your dog or cat’s kibble will provide plaque fighting enzymes for their system and support healthier gums and teeth. Gums can be an often-overlooked part of a dog's mouth, but they're just as important to keep clean and healthy as your dog's teeth
Photo provided by FlickrMar 19, 2013 - Other dental concerns, such as discoloration of the teeth and gums can also be linked to oral health problems with your dog
Photo provided by FlickrMar 4, 2017 - Gums can be an often-overlooked part of a dog's mouth, but they're just as important to keep clean and healthy as your dog's teeth
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Dog gum disease, tartar covered teeth, bleeding gums and foul breath problems are probably the number one health issue I’ve seen over the years observing dogs.Gums can be an often-overlooked part of a dog’s mouth, but they’re just as important to keep clean and healthy as your dog’s teeth. Below, learn more about what color your dog’s gums should be, gum problem to look out for and how to help your dog maintain his or her healthy gums.There are not all that many ways to accurately tell how healthy your dog is at a glance, at least from a clinical perspective, but this odor test is the most obvious. When you notice foul breath, yellow teeth with tartar buildup along the gum line and red or inflamed gums, it’s time to take action to save your dog from a dismal future. If you discover these symptoms, act now, don’t leave this problem any longer. Have your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned, and then switch their diet to avoid the problem coming back.Although veterinary dental specialists would prefer that all owners brush their dogs’ teeth, the fact is that some dogs need it more than others. Whether it’s due to their genes, diet, chewing habits, and/or the chemical composition of their saliva, some dogs go to their graves with clean, white teeth and healthy gums with absolutely no effort put forth by their owners. Others develop tartar (also known as calculus) at an alarming rate.Raw foods contain naturally occurring enzymes that help protect the teeth and gums. They don’t contain unnatural and damaging starches and sugars that promote unhealthy bacterial growth in the mouth. Finally, raw foods don’t contain , harmful or other chemical compounds that stress the dog’s immune system.If your dog’s teeth are free of plaque or tartar, and his gums are tight and free of any signs of inflammation, you are one of the lucky ones. If, however, his gums are noticeably more red at the gum line and he has any visible tartar buildup on his teeth, you need to have his teeth cleaned by a veterinarian and then maintain the health of his teeth and gums with regular brushing and veterinary cleaning.