Treatment Type: Lifestyle Practices
Rated for: Golden Retriever
Posted Jan 09, 2018
Biggest dental problem in pets by far is dental plaque and subsequent tartar formation which causes periodontal disease (gingivitis and gingivo-stomatitis).
These will not only cause foul breath but damage teeth, gingiva and even alveolar bones. Places where tart infiltrates gingiva become sources of bacterial dissemination to blood stream which can cause heart valve and kidney damage that can lead to chronic heart failure and chronic kidney disease.
By taking care of your pets oral hygiene, you can prevent vital organ damage and prolong your pets life significantly, note that these aren't only causes of heart valve and kidney damage, but these are the ones you can prevent.
Brushing your dogs teeth is vital in prevention of plaque and tart formation, thus preventing subsequently developing diseases.
It's not easy (depending on your dogs temperament) to teach your dog to allow you to brush it's teeth, but it's very valuable and you should do it at least once weekly.
Only alternative to this is ultrasonic teeth cleaning by your vet, at least once a year, possibly more frequently. Though a much more convenient procedure for yourself it's costly and requires general anesthesia in order to be executed thoroughly which is the only way it makes sense, if your vet doesn't anesthetize your dog, they can can only clean supragingival parts of teeth (above gum line) which removes less significant portion of tart, since the one causing major problems is precisely the subgingival (under the gum line) portion.
So teach your dog to have it's teeth brushed, it will prolong it's life and save you a lot of money on vet bills.