Periodontal Disease is defined as an inflammation and/or infection of the gums and bone around the teeth. Periodontal disease is the most common disease found in the dog and will affect more than 8 out of 10 dogs three years of age and older. The prevalence of periodontal disease in the dog increases with age but also decreases with increasing body weight; therefore, toy and miniature breeds are more severely affected.
If your pet doesn’t lose his baby teeth before the permanent teeth erupt, these retained teeth can cause serious problems for your pet’s dental health.
Rawhide is the inner layer of cattle hide which is processed and given to dogs. Most dogs dearly love to chew on rawhide pieces, but problems can occur if the rawhide given is too small for your pet. Often an overzealous pet will swallow pieces or small rawhide bones rather than chewing on them. This is especially true when there is competition for treats among several dogs. Swallowing these large pieces can result in choking. It’s better to choose a rawhide treat that’s too large for your dog, rather than too small.
Dogs need regular teeth cleaning to help remove plaque and tartar, just as humans do. Although you don’t need to brush your dog’s teeth every day, once every month is a good schedule to keep your dog’s teeth clean, bright and healthy.
Small rodents have continually growing front teeth, worn down through normal chewing. If your rodent’s teeth are not wearing down naturally, it may be due to malocclusion. Malocclusion is a common dental disorder, found in rabbits and other small rodents, defined as abnormal contact between the maxillary (upper jaw) and mandibular (lower jaw) teeth. The misalignment of these teeth interferes with chewing. Causes of the misalignment include abnormal wear and tear—such as chewing on metal cages—or trauma to the teeth or head.
More pet owners pay attention to dental health than ever before. Dog owners now commonly brush their canine companions’ teeth--and fret over bad breath. But this isn't just an aesthetic interest: all dog owners should be aware of the importance of dentistry to our pets' overall health.
I have an eight month old poodle with double fang teeth on each side. Is there a problem with these teeth?
Puppies can have a problem when baby teeth don't fall out as expected. Retained baby canine teeth can be a severe problem because hair, plaque and food can become packed between the adult and baby canine tooth. The impacted material will result in decay and or displacement of the adult tooth. Baby teeth should not be allowed to remain once the adult teeth have come in. If a breed or family of dogs has a history of retained teeth it is better to remove baby teeth before they cause the permanent teeth to come in misaligned.