Canine gingivitis is a condition in which your dog’s gums become inflamed. It is a particularly painful condition that can make your dog hesitant to eat. Fortunately, it can easily be prevented by caring for your dog’s teeth properly.
Gingivitis in dogs occurs thanks to improper dental hygiene which leads to the development of calculus around the gums. This substance, which has a brown color that you can easily spot, causes bacteria that will eat away at the gums and cause them to recede. Once the bacteria has caused the roots to become exposed, bacterial infections can easily cause problems. The infection may even travel to other areas of the body such as the heart and kidneys and cause more serious problems.
As mentioned, canine gingivitis is very easy to spot. Simply open your dog’s mouth and look for the accumulation of a brown substance. The gums may also turn red and swell up. The gums particularly swell up where they meet the teeth. If gingivitis in dogs is not treated in a timely fashion, then it will progress to periodontal disease. This means that the tissues will become diseased. Your dog can easily start to lose teeth when this happens.
In order to treat canine gingivitis, you will need to take your dog to see the veterinarian. He will clean the teeth properly which will help reduce inflammation of the gums. Since your dog likely won’t just sit there to have his teeth cleaned, your dog may need to be put under general anesthesia.
If you want to prevent gingivitis in dogs, then it is important to care for your dog’s teeth properly. It is best that you brush them at least twice a week, every single day if you can. Make sure that you use a special dog toothbrush and toothbrush when brushing the teeth. On your dog’s annual visit to the veterinarian, you should ensure that the teeth are cleaned thoroughly.