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Senior Dogs and Oral Health

Posted on: October 30, 2008

The oral health of your dog is more important than you may know. About eight percent of dogs over three years old suffer from periodontal disease. Their gums and bones that support their teeth are deteriorating. This is serious business. But good dental health can afford your dog two to five more years of life. This disease can cause other very serious diseases. This is because the bacteria from this oral disease can get into your pet’s blood stream, when that happens it can cause infection or damage to your dog’s kidneys, liver, heart or lungs.

Many dog owners don’t inspect their dog’s mouth, teeth and gums. Then when they take them to the vet for another reason they find out that their pet has loose teeth, sore and infected gums and rotting tooth sockets. That’s when the owner may reply that they noticed that their pet has bad breath. The bad condition of the animal’s mouth and gums creates toxins. Bad breath is a sign of these oral health problems.

The moisture and warmth of your dog’s mouth along with nutrients make a great breeding ground for the bacteria. The bacteria starts out as normal and natural, but after plaque and is present the bacteria grows at an alarming rate and it’s out of control and has become dangerous to your pet’s health. That’s because the normal microbial flora is out of balance and pathogenic organisms have the chance to proliferate. The flora needs to be in balance to ensure good oral health.

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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