In addition to causing a dog’s bad breath, poor oral health can contribute to damage to the a dog’s teeth and gums as well as periodontal disease, which can negatively impact the kidney, liver and heart muscle.
One common type of periodontal disease, gingivitis in dogs, causes inflammation of the gums around the teeth and can act as a wake-up call for owners to pay attention to their dog’s pearly whites before more serious conditions develop.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
- Bright red gums
- Swollen gums
- Excessive plaque and tartar buildup
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing teeth
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Signs of pain
Until gingivitis reaches a more advanced stage, it can be difficult for dog owners to detect on their own and their animal may not exhibit any symptoms. As such, it’s important that dogs are regularly checked for signs of gingivitis by their veterinarian.