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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by an inflammatory reaction to bacteria that makes its way under the gums. If you have a dog, it’s important to be aware of periodontal disease and preventative measures you can take to protect your canine companion. As a trusted choice for healthy dog dental chews in Australia, Crooked Lane has the details on periodontal disease and how you can help minimise the chances of your dog suffering from tooth and gum problems. Fortunately, it’s not just treatable, it’s preventable.

Causes of Periodontal Disease in Dogs

Canine periodontal disease happens when bacteria infect the oral cavity. Unfortunately for dog owners, this disease starts silently, invading the
mouth without any noticeable symptoms until it becomes more serious. One of the tell-tale signs of periodontal disease in dogs is halitosis or bad breath. This may be passed off as normal “dog breath,” but it’s not. It means something is amiss inside your dog’s mouth. As food and bacteria build up on the gums, these particles become plaque and eventually a harder material called tartar. Plaque and tartar irritate the gum line, which is known as gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease, eventually leading to chronic pain, bone/ teeth loss, and gum erosion.

How Dogs Develop Plaque

Dogs develop plaque on their teeth when saliva, food particles, and bacteria come together. If left untreated, this plaque can combine with minerals in the mouth to become hard tartar in just a few days which will eventually cause decay, gum disease, and other ongoing oral health issues. Calculus, also known as tartar, is a hardened plaque. Unlike plaque, tartar/calculus cannot be brushed away. Plaque can combine with minerals and harden in just a few days, forming calculus that stubbornly sticks to the teeth and is difficult to scrape off. Even though regular brushing may seem like a lot for your dog, it’s one of the best ways to stop this build-up in its tracks. Dental chews for dogs with active ingredients along with an abrasive texture are a good option to reduce build-up and help keep teeth clean. Otherwise, the immune system will do its best to fight bacteria build-up, although inflamed gums are often the result. Diet, nutrition, grooming habits, and oral hygiene may all play a role in whether dogs develop periodontal disease and the severity of their symptoms.

Help prevent Periodontal Disease with Dental Chews

Although periodontal disease is a serious concern for dog lovers, there are some preventative measures to consider, such as checking the mouth for bad breath or any abnormalities such as redness, tartar, or loose teeth, regular check-ups with a trusted vet and natural dental chews. Crooked Lane’s Plexident dog dental chews are a prime example of a dental chew, featuring a specialised probiotic formula with herbal extracts and acid buffer, which may help keep teeth clean and reduce plaque and tartar build up. These dental chews can help to freshen dog breath at the same time.

Choose Crooked Lane Plexident Dental Chews for Dogs