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Gum Disease in Dog

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Gum disease (also known as Periodontal Disease) is one of the most common feline and canine problem. Plaque is the culprit of this disease. when the plaque builds up and ignored, tarter (calculus) will formed in the teeth creating a rough space close to the gum and make further plaque accumulation faster.


It is also believed that periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases for a dog. Estimated 80% of all dogs at the age three years will have this problem, see the page here. Since the disease didn't directly affect your dog's health, many dog owners take this disease lightly. While actually it is not, see the symptoms:

Symptoms

The symptoms are different between dogs depending on various factors, but as general clue are some of the symptoms.
Bad Breath (halitosis)
Irritated gum (may lead into bleeding and pain)
Loss of appetite due to oral pain when she try to eat or chew something
Kidney, liver and heart problem due to bacteria infection inside the bloodstream

Now you see that the disease can affect some vital organs, so how to prevent it?

Prevention

There are two most effective way to prevent this. First, routine vet check every six month, it's just like human isn't it? The difference is six months for a dog is like a few years of human's life. So, never misses the schedule. If you think t is too much for you can do the check up to once per three years minimal. But you should note this; go to the vet and do some prevention when you find any of above symptoms.

And second, use special toothpaste and brush to clean the mouth. You can get this from a vet. A canine brush usually has a very soft bristle. The toothpaste made from special tasteless compound and have no smell, it also contain no toxic or soap because there is a high chance that your dog will "eat" the paste. It'll be different if you use human toothpaste; you'll make your dog's vomiting and probably fell sick. The toothpaste is extremely effective there is some brand that can decrease the plaque by 24-42 percent! See the research paper here.

But hence, brushing your dog's teeth? How to do it? Will she bite me? Well read on the next section.

Training Your Dog to Love the Brush

Okay, first you need the toothpaste (you won't need the brush yet). Then use the paste for "introduction" period. Place some toothpaste on your finger, and then slowly open your dog's mouth to touch the gum and the teeth with your finger. Do this several times until she didn't feel surprised or scared when you touch her gum and think it was a part of your way to take care of her.

After she comfortable with your finger, use the brush. At first just make it quick and easy. Brush it with horizontal moves to clean the teeth. Don't worry if there is some tarter left in the mouth. Do this and slowly but constantly brush her teeth. After she feels ok about it, then it's time to change the move to a circle. Slowly brush the teeth with a small circle movement to ensure maximal cleaning.

Tip to make the training easier:

Start it from puppy hood since she has some teeth.
Go for a walk or do some pleasant activity after doing this, so she can associate "touch my mouth" rituals as a part of pleasant exercise.

What to do When She Didn't Love it?

There is a time when she just doesn’t want you to touch her mouth anymore. Just take it easy, praise her and leave her for a while the calmly do the training. If she still rejects it, give her anti plaque diets. Remember, any dog training need patience, and it may takes quite a while to make her feel comfortable and allow you to touch her gum, in fact an older dog can take longer to accept it.

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