Out of 10 dogs older than three years, eight suffer from periodontal disease. This disease includes periodontitis, gingivitis, inflammation, infection of the gums/ jaw bone. These conditions are as a result of bacterial infections. Food debris allows bacteria to thrive, which then create soft plaque. If not removed while still soft, the plaque hardens to form the hard stuff known as tarter. When tarter builds up to reach the gum line and start pushing its way into the gums, teeth problems start to emanate. When tarter creates an open space into the gums, bacteria find a conducive place to thrive in. The dampness and darkness of the gums facilitate quick multiplication. The tissue that aligns with the teeth then becomes swollen, and a red line forms at the gum and teeth meeting point.
The appearance of the red line is the first strongest signal that periodontal disease is just getting started. If not attended to, the disease advances further and destroys more tissue further around the teeth. At this stage, the gums start to bleed when eating or when touched with a finger. The eating process of the dog will be hindered as they might take very long doing so. This is where tooth loss is at its initial stage. Gums became very sore and regressed as the bone supporting the teeth is eaten away. The dog will be under a considerable amount of pain, and very bad odor will be coming out of their mouth. The high level of infection causes the gums as well as the bone to wear out at a faster rate to almost a point of no return. The gums are eroded away at a faster rate than the tarter is being formed. The teeth at this point are supported by only about 50% of what holds them in place. The worst of it is what happens to the gums. But what is happening to the bones under plus the damage to the kidney, liver, heart and bold vessels isn’t visible. Teeth infection that goes untreated eats away the whole body and will soon result in a very painful early death.
To see photos showcasing the tartar build up and severe Periodontitis, please click the following text. Please note that this images can be considered graphic.
Dogs have a subtle way of expressing pain, so you must be carefully tuned to them for you to find out. What you might have mistaken to be a mild pain can be more than five times severe. If wondering about cavities, dogs rarely do have cavities. Therefore, brushing using fluoride toothpaste is of no use. Also, the safety of fluoride to your dog is questionable.
Below is a set of photos showing how to use a power brush to clean your dog’s teeth. The rotary action of the brush is very strange to your dog. Therefore it may take a while before they are used to it.
The first image shows how to open the dog’s left side of the mouth, while the second shows how to apply the power brush to the dog’s molars. A slight chewing movement of the teeth by the dog is good while brushing as it helps expose upper and lower jaw to the bristles of the brush.
The third image shows how to brush the left K-9 teeth and the small teeth found between molars and K-9’s. The fourth image displays how to hold the snout to brush the front teeth.
This is the most difficult task of grooming your dog as they seem not to like it. But doing it will allow the only little amount of tarter build-up.