The loss of teeth is normal in the puppy since it is baby teeth which will, little by little, be replaced by the permanent teeth. In adult dogs, on the other hand, this indicates a problem which requires a consultation with the veterinarian. The most common reason for tooth loss in dogs is lack of oral hygiene which can lead to serious consequences for the animal. Let’s do a check in.
Tooth loss in adult dogs: the main causes
In the majority of cases, when an adult dog loses its teeth, it is because of a periodontal disease due to a poor oral hygiene, and this concerns a large part of dogs from 2 years old. This is how dental plaque accumulates to form tartar, promoting the proliferation of bacteria.
The dog with scaled teeth quite quickly presents with gingivitis that can be detected bleeding and to a inflammation at the level of the gums. If the owner is not careful, periodontal disease sets in, causing, depending on its level of severity, the following symptoms:
- Pain that is sometimes difficult for the dog to bear,
- Bad breath
- A loosening of the supporting tissue of the teeth,
- Chewing difficulties,
- The loosening of teeth,
- An infection of the jaw,
- A state of prostration,
- Behavior changes,
- The loss of teeth.
At the same time, different organs can be affected by the spread of infection from the mouth of the dog. When he suffers from periodontal disease, he can therefore present many other symptoms which, for the master, apparently have no connection with this oral problem when in reality it is quite the opposite. It is therefore at the first signs such as the presence of tartar or bleeding gums that you must react if you want your dog to keep his teeth and not become seriously ill.
Prevent tooth loss in adult dogs
As soon as the dog loses a tooth, it must be considered that it is a serious matter since it is mainly due to a periodontitis which may lead, in the medium term, to serious repercussions on the general health of the animal. We must be aware that there is a real link between periodontal disease and:
- Infections in the liver,
- Lung diseases,
- Cardiovascular pathologies.
Still, it could be avoided. In fact, prevention involves balanced diet capable of supplying the animal’s organism with everything it needs to function normally. A dog that receives poor quality food on a daily basis cannot stay healthy for very long. Vitamins, minerals and trace elements are also essential so that they maintain healthy teeth and that their organs are not affected one day or another by a disease.
Brush your dog’s teeth
Good oral hygiene is absolutely essential in both dogs and humans. The master must brush your dog’s teeth several times a week so that tartar does not settle. To easily get used to brushing his teeth, start as early as possible, that is, when the animal is still just a puppy.
We use either a finger cot, be one soft toothbrush, and the use of a dog toothpaste is essential. On the other hand, toothpaste for humans must be banned. Their components are unsuitable for canines, some being toxic to these animals as is the case with fluorine. In addition, they produce foam but since the dog is unable to rinse his mouth, the foaming agents can also be harmful to his health. It is therefore essential to buy:
- Either propolis powder, a natural solution that represents a good alternative to toothpaste. It cleans teeth, fights bad breath, helps fight against tartar deposit and dental plaque.
- Be a toothpaste formulated for your pet, whose harmlessness is guaranteed, because it is obvious that the dog will not be able to do otherwise than swallow it.
They can be obtained from the veterinarian, drugstore, pet store or online stores known for the quality of their products.
Give your dog an anti-tartar bone
To fight against dental plaque, you can offer your little companion a anti-tartar chewing bone. He will be able to take care of his teeth in a fun way, but this solution is only one brushing supplement teeth which remains absolutely fundamental.
Have your dog’s teeth checked and descaled
If he does not want his dog to end up completely toothless one day, a master must take care to take one to two appointments per year at the usual veterinarian or a veterinarian specializing in dentistry so that a control can be done. The practitioner checks the health of the gums, ensures that the dog is free from cavities and performs a descaling as soon as necessary. This complete oral examination makes it possible to detect the first signs of periodontitis and therefore to treat the dog before it loses its teeth.