You want your dog to live a happy, care-free life, which is why you have your Boca Raton veterinarian give him regular checkups. During the checkup, your vet will check out your dog’s teeth for any problems. Here are a few common dental problems dogs face.
Just like humans, puppies first set of teeth need to fall out to make room for the permanent teeth. Between four and six months of age, your puppy will loose teeth. It is important to check on your puppy’s teeth periodically as retained baby teeth are common and could cause problems.
While your dog might look perfect on the outside, he could have crooked teeth in his mouth. Now, appearance isn’t a factor in vet medicine, but if the crooked teeth are causing problems then action will be taken.
Bleeding, swollen gums are a symptom of periodontal disease, a common problem in dogs. If you notice your dog leaves spots of blood on chew toys, then you need to take him to a vet as soon as possible.
Even though you are careful about what you feed your dog, there is still a chance he could chew on something very hard and crack or break a tooth. With any type of crack or break, the nerve could be left exposed, which is very painful. If this is ignored for any period of time, the tooth could become infected. Treatment will depend on how badly the tooth is damaged.
As you can see, dogs are just as apt to suffer a tooth problem as humans.