Pet owners are often surprised at the dental care they need to provide to their dogs. Like people, dogs need their teeth cleaned, and dental check-ups to ensure proper health. Dental health affects more than just your dog’s mouth. Improper dental care can result in damaged teeth, cavities, and a dog’s inability to chew. As a result, poor dental health can cause a host of other health issues for your beloved canine friend.
To keep your dog as healthy as possible, start their dental care routine early. Your vet will probably recommend at least annual dental check-ups for your dog. You should inspect your dog’s teeth weekly, keeping a lookout for the following signs:
- Increased salivation
- Reluctance to chew or pain when chewing
- Missing or broken teeth
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums