Treatment Type: Lifestyle Practices
Rated for: Poodle
Posted Apr. 12, 2018
The biggest dental problem in pets by far is the dental plaque and subsequent tartar formation which causes periodontal disease (gingivitis and gingivostomatitis).
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 bloodstream 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 the heart valve and kidney damage, but these are the ones you can prevent.
Brushing your dog's teeth is vital in the prevention of plaque and tart formation, thus preventing subsequently developing diseases.
It's not easy (depending on your dog's temperament) to teach your dog to allow you to brush its teeth, but it's very valuable and you should do it at least once a week.
The 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 the subgingival (under the gum line) portion.
So teach your dog to have its teeth brushed, it will prolong its life and save you a lot of money on vet bills.