5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Pet's Dental Health

Article By Laura Cross | Featured on VetStreet

Are your pet’s pearly whites more yellow-brown in color? Does his breath make you plug your nose? We wouldn’t be surprised if many of you answered yes and yes. By the time they’re 3 years old, most dogs and cats suffer from some degree of dental disease — and yellow-brown tartar and stinky breath are just two of the warning signs. But your pet doesn’t have to be part of that disheartening statistic! There are steps you can take at home — and with the help of your veterinarian — to help combat dental disease.

Read on to learn how you can improve your dog or cat’s dental health.

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5 Scary Consequences of Neglecting Your Dogs Teeth

By Paula Fitzsimmons | Article Featured on PetMD

You already know that not taking care of your dog’s teeth can lead to periodontal disease, a condition that results in bleeding gums, bad breath, and ultimately tooth loss. “Periodontal disease starts under the gum line with a substance called plaque, which is made up of bacteria,” explains Dr. Lisa Fink, a board-certified veterinary dentist and oral surgeon at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, Connecticut. “Left on tooth surface and in the area surrounding the tooth, plaque incites the animal’s immune system and an inflammatory response ensues, starting with gingivitis.”

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Article by Matt Soniak | Found on PetMD

There’s enough to think about and keep track of when caring for a puppy—feeding, walking, training, housebreaking (and don’t forget playtime!)—that you might not give their teeth a whole lot of thought. But in their first eight months or so, puppies will develop two sets of teeth, and there’s more to caring for those chompers than just making sure they don’t leave marks on your furniture legs.

Here’s all information you need to know about those cute (and sharp!) little puppy teeth. Read more

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Article by Maura McAndrew | Found on Pet MD

Photos of “dogs with underbites” have been the focus of many an adorable Internet slideshow. But while misaligned teeth in dogs, or canine malocclusion, may make our pets seem more endearing or “ugly-cute,” it can be a serious health issue.

To learn more about this condition, we spoke with two board-certified veterinary dentists from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (CUCVM). Here is everything you need to know about canine malocclusion, including symptoms and causes, and when to seek treatment. Read more

Article By Teresa Traverse | Found on PetMD

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. Read more