Dental Health and Dogs – Unhealthy Mouth VS Healthy Mouth

dog teeth brushing

It might sound strange, but it’s true that a dog needs oral care.

A dog is five times more likely to get gum disease than humans therefore, to keep them healthy and fit proper dental care is required. 

Teeth without plaque, tartar helps them digest their food and stay healthy. 

Here is a quick guide that will help understand when your dog has dental problems and you need to pay attention to it. 

Do you know, even with periodontal disease or a cracked tooth dogs can eat properly, wag their tail when you return home and completely act normal?

They do so because their animal instinct does not let them show signs of weakness and they are evolved to hide chronic pain. 

All this makes identifying their suffering difficult. Therefore, we need to pay attention to certain signs and visit a veterinarian regularly

Why do Dogs have Dental Problems?

Two most common reasons due to which dogs have dental problems are: 

  • Due to alkaline mouth, plaque formation is more and quick

  • Like humans, dogs don't brush their teeth daily

This means if we clean a dog's teeth daily then we can prevent or slow the progression of oral disease. To do so all you need to train your dog and develop a brushing habit in them. 

How common is Dental Disease in Dogs?

It is a common and serious ailment in dogs. About 85% of adult dogs suffer from periodontal disease because pet parents think dog’s teeth take care of themselves but it is wrong. 

Dog’s teeth are no different than ours. If we don’t brush our teeth for long what will be the state of your mouth? Bad right? 

The same happens with your dog since they cannot take care of their teeth as you can. You need to play an active role in keeping their mouth clean and healthy. 

How Periodontal Disease develops in Dogs? 

When plague, a mixture of bacteria and food remains, gets accumulated on the tooth surface and works its way under the gum line periodontal disease develops. These bacteria release toxins that create inflammation leading to tissue and bone destruction. 

Unhealthy Mouth VS Healthy Mouth

Symptoms of an unhealthy and healthy mouth 



Unhealthy Mouth 

Healthy Mouth

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Clean Teeth (Pearly white in color)

Inflamed Gums (Gingiva)

Moist Tongue 


No cuts or lumps

Blood or chewy tooth

Right gum colour (Salmon pink color)

Bleeding gums


Chewing from one side of the mouth


Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

If you see any sign of periodontal disease, gingivitis in your dog you need to visit a veterinarian. Alongside you can take certain measures that will prevent your dog from suffering this chronic and painful disease.

  • Brush your dog’s teeth daily. You can use healthy mouthwash, use toothpaste designed for dogs. 

  • Feed different types of bones to your dog as they are the natural and healthy way to keep dog’s teeth clean. You can call them nature’s toothbrush. Different types of bones provide different benefits.

Poultry Necks & Meaty Bones – These act as floss. As your dog tears and rips through these meat fibers are pulled from his teeth, thereby removing food residue and plaque.

Ribs and Knuckles – Since these bones have less meat, they help remove plaque. Alongside ribs and knuckles are high in calcium hence they make dogs teeth strong.

Marrow Bones – These bones entice picky chewers but they should be given in moderation as they are high in fat content.

  • Add certain supplements in his daily routine as they will help break down plaque-causing bacteria.

  • Using probiotics will help break down bad bacteria and will prevent plaque accumulation. 

In addition to these precautions, you should visit a veterinarian with your dog for regular check-ups. Taking care of dental health is very simple. You just need to pay attention to your pooch as he pays attention to you. Also, diet plays an important role and prevents the accumulation of plaque. Therefore, feed a healthy diet and give a variety of bones to chew. 



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