Dental care for dogsYour dog's teeth are small but mighty and they need a lot of care and attention from an early age to avoid a build-up of plaque and tartar on their teeth that can result in dental disease or periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a disease of the tissues and bones that support the teeth.
Dental disease affects 90% of cats and dogs over 1 year of age1 and can be very painful. Therefore, it's essential to start cleaning their teeth when they're a puppy. By starting young, teeth cleaning will become a regular part of their routine and can help protect them against dental disease and periodontal disease.
Susceptibility to dental and periodontal disease in dogs?
It's important to be aware that every dog can suffer from dental disease, especially if their teeth aren't cleaned regularly. However, some dogs are more prone to dental disease. Small dogs, certain breeds, older dogs and those that have overcrowded teeth are at greater risk of dental disease, periodontal disease and gingivitis.
Did you know almost 90% of pet owners believe that root exposure is painful for people, however, only 65% recognized that the same condition causes pain in cats and dogs?2
The early stages of dental and periodontal disease in dogs
There are five common stages during the progression of dental disease that your veterinarian will be able to identify. However, it's good to be able to recognize these signs as a pet owner, particularly those which appear early on. Spotting signs early will mean veterinary intervention happens before the disease becomes more advanced and serious.
Stage 0 - Clinically Normal
Your dog has healthy gums and teeth.
Stage 1 - Gingivitis
Stage 2 - Early Periodontitis
Common signs include; bad breath, more teeth becoming discoloured, additional tartar on teeth and the majority of gums are now red.
Stage 3 - Moderate Periodontitis
Common signs include; very bad breath, further build-up of tartar (especially on molars), very discoloured teeth and red gums and your dog may favour chewing on one side.
Stage 4 - Advanced Periodontitis
Common signs include; severe bad breath, very red gums, your dog will likely show signs of pain and your dog might drop kibbles while chewing.
Did you know your veterinarian is also your dog's dentist?
During regular check-ups with your veterinarian, ask them to have a look at your dog's teeth to make sure they're clean and healthy. If your veterinarian spots any of the early signs of dental disease, they'll be able to recommend appropriate management options to support your dog.
Brush Up On Your Dog's Dental Health
Dental disease can be painful but practicing healthy habits can help protect your dog's teeth. Regular brushing helps maintain healthy gums and teeth and this proactive measure should ideally begin from a young age.
Start when they're a puppy so they're used to the process and maintain good dental health as they grow.
A combination of regular brushing and dental kibble will support their dental health and oral hygiene.
Ideally you should clean your dog's teeth daily. If this isn't possible then try to do so twice a week.
Nutritional Support - Tailored Dental Dog Food
Alongside regular brushing, dental diets are an effective way to support dental health. Dental diets are formulated to be rich in specific nutrients to help target plaque and tartar alongside supporting your dog's overall health. Most dental diets also feature a mechanical scrubbing action to mimic a toothbrush when removing plaque and tartar.
Helping to keep your dog's teeth clean during mealtimes, a high-quality dental diet will act in the same way as a toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash to support a healthy mouth.
Royal Canin 'Triple Action' Effect Kibble
Featuring a 'triple action' effect, Royal Canin Dental kibble protects against the accumulation of plaque and tartar.
- A mechanical scrubbing action - Dental kibble has been created to withstand deeper tooth penetration to create a scrubbing action - similar to that of a toothbrush.
- Contains tartar reducing nutrients - Includes a kibble coating formulated to bind to calcium in their saliva to help reduce the formation of tartar.
- Contains plaque reducing nutrients - Antibacterial and anti-adhesive properties help prevent plaque forming on teeth.
Support Your Dog with Tailored Royal Canin Dental Diets
Royal Canin has a selection of dental diets tailored to small, medium, and large dogs. Speak to your veterinarian to find out if one of these diets is suitable for your dog.