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Dental issues are cause for concern

Dr Joanna Bronson

Dental issues are a constant concern as they can cause problems elsewhere in a pet’s body.

Bacterial toxins and harmful inflammatory compounds found in the mouth can spread throughout the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Infections increase the risk of kidney, liver, and heart disease and make it difficult to regulate blood sugar levels in diabetic dogs.

Periodontal disease (gum disease) will have developed in 90% of dogs by the age of 2 years old.

If left untreated, bacteria will damage the gums, bones, and other supporting structures of the teeth. Since bacteria is found mostly below the gum line, even a dog with shiny, white teeth may be affected showing no signs of distress until the disease is advanced.

In the past, dogs did not have access to preventive medicine, and it was not unusual for an older dog to be missing teeth, if he reached his senior years.

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