Preventing Dog Gum Disease

A healthy diet, regular veterinary checkups and a simple program of home-care will help you in preventing dog gum disease. Proper dog dental care prevents bad breath, reduces painful gum conditions and can reduce the likelihood of heart or kidney disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

If your dog has bad breath or red, swollen or bleeding gums, she may have gum disease. Left unchecked, this can lead to tooth loss and possible infection. To reduce or prevent gingivitis or periodontal disease in your dog, begin a program of regular dental hygiene.

Preventing Dog Gum Disease

  • Brush Teeth: There are special toothbrushes and pastes available to brush your dog's teeth. Start slowly, concentrating your efforts at the gum line.
  • Dental Chews: Pet shops and feed stores carry a variety of toys that encourage chewing and gum stimulation. Experiment with different styles and flavors.
  • Crunchy Treats: Dry biscuits and dog food scrape the teeth clean and don't cause tartar build-up as readily as canned food.
  • Professional Descaling: If your dog's teeth are showing signs of heavy plaque buildup, your veterinarian can perform a professional cleaning.