The Dangers of Dog Breath

The Dangers of Dog Breath

As previously discussed dog breath has a few causes.  Bacteria in the mouth not only causes doggy breath, but causes a great deal of damage to the mouth.

 

Where does the bacteria go?

Bacteria will either stick to the teeth and form plaque and tartar, or it will be swallowed and will then enter the bloodstream, potentially affecting many organs.

What does it do to the teeth above the gumline?

Mature plaque and calculus can contain up to 100,000,000,000 bacteria per gram. (Brook A. Niemiec DVM, Veterinary Periodontology)  That is a great deal of bacteria that are proliferating and potentially being swallowed to later enter the bloodstream and infiltrate organs, etc.

What does it do to teeth below the gumline?

Below the gumline bacteria will actually begin “eating” away and bone and tissue.  Amino acids in tissue are destroyed and become putrefied by the volitile sulfur compounds that are produced by the bacteria harbored by teeth.

How does a dental cleaning help?

Clearing off plaque and tartar above and below the gumline is the only way to fully remove this constant source of bacteria from the body.  We then will recommend a home care plan based on your own pets personality and dental disease progression.

Could it be anything besides dental disease?

Yes, in some instances where the smell has come on quite quickly it could be a sign of a foreign body or a disease process.  Always talk to your veterinary health care team if you have any concerns.

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