Dogs can actually get Gingivitis. It is a type of periodontal disease and this is how it works: plaque builds up on the teeth and can then harden into tartar. This causes your dog’s gums to swell and gives them discomfort. Their teeth loosen up and it becomes harder for them to eat, etc. They will also get bad breath.
You can brush your dog’s teeth daily to help prevent this disease. This may sound tedious, and depending on your dog, it may be totally unworkable. But, if you can do it at least two times a week this would help your dog a lot!
Firstly, you need to obtain dog-friendly toothpaste. Once you have that, get a toothbrush and put a bit of toothpaste on the brush. If your dog will let you, go ahead and brush over the entire mouth. Use small circles over the teeth. If your dog is eager to get outside and play, just do a couple teeth each day or so. This will go a long way in prevention of mouth diseases for your pet.
Your dog does need to see a vet to get a full dental cleaning at least once a year (some breeds require more than annual visits, so check with Dr. Adney next time you see him). However, to keep your dog even healthier, brushing their teeth on a weekly basis will be most beneficial to you and your dog!
Additionally, there are special prescription diet foods designed specifically for dental improvement. There are also treats that dogs love which are good for teeth cleaning. The Day and Evening Staff will be happy to help you on deciding the best care for your dog. You can call them at: (727)-785-7200.