What Is Gum Disease in Dogs?
Foul teeth and gum disease (known as gingivitis, from the latin it is meaning disease or itis of the gums or ginga), is a painful and debilitating disease in dogs. Sadly it is the most frequent clinical problem in small animal practice today, affecting 90% of dogs today by the age of three years. If left to fester treatment often requires a scrape under anaesthesia and sometimes surgery.
“Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease”.
How Is Gum Disease Dangerous to my Dog?
From their tartar base, bacteria now have easy access to the blood-rich gums. This is bad news. Your dogs’ immune system will be in a constant state of arousal defending the body from potential invaders, drawing daily on the bodies resources leaving the patient more vulnerable to disease. To make matters worse studies show that advance periodontal disease can lead to heart, liver, kidney and respiratory problems.
Why Did This Happen?
9/10 dogs have gum disease by three years of age. This is a shocking stat. Gum disease is not only unsightly and foul smelling, it is a potentially painful, immunologically-destructive disease of the mouth. How has it suddenly become a normal occurrence in dogs? Hint: 9/10 dogs are dry fed. Dry food is rich in carbs (sugar) which the carnivorous dog cannot clear away from his teeth (as he has no amylase in his saliva, unlike us omnivores). To make matters worse kibble offer no real abrasion to the teeth and gums. They are largely swallowed whole. Plaque builds to form a tough layer of yellow tartar. That bad smell coming from their mouth (halitosis) is essentially bacteria farts.
“Of 52 dogs followed only 1 did not develop periodontal disease after 60 weeks on dry food”
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We do Not Recommend Dental Sticks
We hate dental sticks. Brought to you by the companies that put the tartar on your dogs’ teeth in the first place, can you believe that most if not all of these products contain sugar?!! To clean teeth. Without it present (and copious amounts of salt) dogs would not eat them.
Terms in Relation to Dental Health
Plaque: the term used for the invisible layer of bacteria that live on our teeth. Regular brushing (or abrasion from tough foods) tends to keep this in control.
Tartar: the a very hard, yellow layer on the teeth. Essentially this is what happens if you leave the bacteria unmolested and feed them (carbs / sugar). They bed in, building their little yellow fort-like base.
Halitosis: bad breath in dogs, the result of by-products produced by bacteria feeding in the mouth
Gingavitis: from the latin for gum (ginga) disease (itis). It is what happens when tartar is left to build. You will notice it as a a dark red line above your dogs’ teeth