Three out of four dogs over the age of four suffer from dental problems. As soon as the teeth rash, the dental plaque settles on your pet’s teeth.
How does tartar form?
Without specific action, he risks periodontal disease with sometimes severe consequences. Dogs’ teeth are subjected to the deleterious action of dental plaque, a bacterial biofilm that settles on the surface of the teeth and accumulates between the teeth and gums. This invisible dental plaque forms 6 to 8 hours after a meal. Over time, it mineralizes and this phenomenon leads to the appearance of tartar.
What are the risks of poor tooth hygiene?
Dental plaque and tartar are responsible for inflammation that causes oral disease number 1 in dogs: periodontal or periodontal disease.
It is an impairment of the supporting tissues of the tooth, i.e. the gum but also the bone and root of the tooth.
Its consequences are both local (pain, hypersalivation, bad breath, tooth loss) and sometimes also general, bacteria being dispersed through the bloodstream and can lead to sometimes serious problems (renal infections, fever…).
Regular tooth brushing
Taking charge of the oral hygiene of the animal is, therefore, a necessity and requires regular brushing with products suitable for the dog.
The use of specific products encouraging chewing or antibacterial action, to be added to drinking water, is a useful supplement.
When there is too much tartar, scaling is the only solution. But this is not an innocuous act since it is performed under general anesthesia.
Moreover, if it effectively removes plaque, it does not prevent its reappearance and in the absence of additional hygiene measures, it will be inevitable.