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Oral Diseases Which Could Infect Your Senior Dog

Posted on: October 30, 2008

What are some of the diseases that can afflict your pet’s mouth? First, there is periodontitis, which is the term for the overall diseased condition of your dog’s mouth. It affects the gum, bone and delicate tissue. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. Pyorrhea is an inflammation of the gums and tooth sockets. It can cause the teeth to loosen and pus to form. There can also be a decalcification of the tooth enamel called caries. It cause cavities, but this condition is rare for dogs.

Plaque can cause caries and calculi buildup and periodontal disease. Plaque is caused by material adhering to the enamel of teeth. The makeup of plaque is bacteria, salivary polymers, particles of epithelial cells and white blood cells. Tartar or calculus is deposits of calcium carbonate, and calcium phosphate that combines with food on the surface of the teeth.

One suggestion for keeping your dog’s mouth healthy is feeding him with a well-balanced meat based diet. That keeps the environment of the mouth healthy. Getting your dog to chew treats is another good habit that can assist in keeping the mouth structures healthy. This will exercise his teeth as he chews a hard rubber, nylon or compressed rawhide chew. Brushing your dog’s teeth every day helps, but less brushing doesn’t. You must brush them enough to keep clinically healthy gingival maintained.

Evidence shows that soft diets promote periodontal disease. Harder foods that require more chewing helps prevent the disease. To help maintain your pet’s oral health use these suggestions and ask your vet what else will help.

Kellie Rainwater is an avid dog lover. She has written several dog books. You can find her books and senior dog products that promote healthier, happier dogs in their golden years by visiting


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