Your dog’s dental health is important, as important as any other aspect of his well being.
Dental disease is quite common in dogs. In fact, most dogs over the age of three years will exhibit some signs of dental disease.
It’s a good idea, and relatively easy, for a pet owner to examine his or her pet’s mouth for early signs of disease or other dental problems.
Here’s how to do it,
Start by gently lifting the lips. Dogs usually tolerate this very well.
Start your examination with the rear teeth. If there is any tartar to be found, odds are it will be found here. Tartar usually appears on the outside of the teeth.
Also, be sure to check for broken or chipped teeth, and a condition called gingivitis, which causes inflammation, soreness, and redness of the gums. Repeat the procedure on the other side of the mouth.
Next, move on to take a look at the front of the mouth.
Pinch your dog’s snout just behind the canines, the two long, fang-like teeth in the front of the mouth. Gently slide a finger into the front of the mouth. Your dog’s mouth should open at this point, giving you the opportunity to examine the teeth at the front of the mouth.
Your dog is likely to become a bit nervous or agitated at this point, most of them do, so treat him with care.
Once again check for the usual culprits such as loose, broken, or damaged teeth, any redness or inflammation of the gum tissue, or the buildup of tartar.
Also, check for any items which may be wedged between the teeth and maybe potential sources for damage later. Be sure to examine the roof of the mouth for foreign objects.
Once you have completed your examination of your dog’s mouth, be sure to call the vet’s office if you have noted anything which concerns you.