Teeth Hygiene | Doggroomology | Colchester, Essex Dog Grooming

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Upon request, your dogs groom with us at Doggroomology will include a check of their teeth hygiene. De-scaling is an added service we provide whereby some of the tartar may be scraped off.  This is subject to how bad the tartar build up is and whether your dog will let us carry out the task.  If we feel that your dogs teeth need a full dental we will advise you so, the veterinary practice offers this service

Dogs need dental care, too. Unfortunately, dental hygiene for dogs is sometimes overlooked. Many people seem to just expect dogs to have bad breath, and few people check their dogs’ teeth frequently enough. Dental hygiene is just as important to your dog’s overall health as nutrition, grooming and exercise.

Catching teeth hygiene problems early will help avoid severe dental disease. The simplest way to keep track of your dog’s teeth is to look at them on a regular basis and be aware of signs that may indicate a problem. To inspect your dog’s teeth, lift the lips all around the mouth, looking at the front and back teeth as closely as possible, be gentle and use caution. Contact your vet if any problems arise. Watch for the following signs:

• Halitosis (bad breath)
• Reluctance to chew / crying out when chewing
• Increased salivation
• Red and/or puffy gums
• Bleeding gums
• Tartar / Calculus (hard coating on teeth that is usually brown or yellow; results from plaque build-up)
• Missing and/or loose teeth
• Anything else about the mouth that appears unusual

The Dangers of Dental Disease
 Plaque builds up on the teeth and turns into tartar, or calculus. These areas grow bacteria and eat away at the teeth and gums. Halitosis, periodontal disease, oral pain and tooth loss can occur. However, the bacteria not only cause disease in the mouth – they can also affect other parts of the body, like the heart and kidneys. The most important thing to do is address dental disease as soon as it is detected, no matter how minor. Better yet, work hard to prevent it!

In fact, dog dental problems are reported to be the most frequently occurring health condition, with 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 showing signs. Preventive dental care is one of the most neglected dog health needs, often because using a standard dog toothbrush is difficult for both owners and dogs. Yet it’s just as important for pets as it is for people.

British Dog Groomers Association

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