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Why Professional Dog Teeth Cleanings Are a Must

February 26, 2020

A dog with healthy teeth is a healthy dog! It's not just about bad breath-regular professional dog teeth cleanings are a must for your pet's overall health.

The experts at Animal Care Center of Castle Pines recommend professional teeth cleaning at least once a year for all dogs. Professional dog teeth cleanings prevent gum disease, which leads to tooth loss and infections.

Gum Disease

Dogs are susceptible to gum disease, just like humans. They can develop gingivitis and periodontitis if their teeth and gums are not properly cared for. Plaque buildup traps bacteria against the gums, which become infected and inflamed. Infections from plaque can even enter the bloodstream and cause other serious health conditions.

Up to 80% of dogs have developed some form of gum disease by the age of two. If your dog has bad breath or brown teeth, this could be a sign of gum disease. If you notice that your dog isn't chewing on their toys as vigorously as usual, or that they show a preference for soft food, painful teeth might be to blame.

Small Breeds vs. Large Breeds

Some small breeds like Yorkies, Pomeranians, and chihuahuas have a higher risk of gum disease. They have usually developed some form of dental disease by the age of one. Their teeth have shorter roots, and they are prone to loss of bone density which complicates dental diseases. Small breed dogs require daily brushing and regular professional cleanings.

Large breeds face different dental problems. Big dogs are more susceptible to fractures from aggressive chewing, which can lead to abscessed teeth and infections. It's important for them to have a dental examination at least once a year to check for fractures and scratches, and to remove the plaque buildup that causes gingivitis.

Tooth Brushing

To keep your dog healthy between checkups, make daily brushing a routine. Purchase a dog toothbrush in the right size for your pet; dog toothbrushes have a specially angled handle to make it easier to reach all of their teeth. Dog toothpaste comes in dog-friendly flavors like peanut butter or chicken. Never use your own toothpaste to brush a dog's teeth! Many common brands of toothpaste contain Xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Always use toothpaste specifically formulated for dogs.

Dog Teeth Cleaning at Animal Care Center of Castle Pines

Dog teeth cleanings are a must! Tooth brushing is an excellent preventative measure, but professional dog teeth cleaning appointment is important, too. A professional cleaning will remove plaque below the gum line that you can't reach with normal brushing. If you're concerned about your dog's dental health, contact us here at Animal Care Center of Castle Pines. We are committed to providing the highest quality of healthcare for your pets.