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Chances are that you visit your dentist every six months for a regular dental cleaning and checkup. But when's the last time you took your dog to a doggie dentist? If your answer is "never," it's time to rethink dog dental care.

Sadly, more than 85% of dogs have some type of periodontal disease. That's because many dog owners simply don't know the importance of dog dental care -- but it actually couldn't be more important. In fact, many studies show that proper dental care can extend a dog's life by as much as five years! Keep reading to learn more about the best dog dental care -- and how the veterinarians at Animal Hospital of Loves Park can help you get on the right track.

How important is dental care for dogs?

Although often overlooked, dental care for dogs is one of the most important aspects of your dog's health. Because many dog owners don't realize this, however, approximately 80% of dogs have periodontal disease by the time they are only two years old! Periodontal disease itself is very unhealthy, but it can also lead to more serious health problems and can even affect the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs and brain.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease begins when bacteria in the mouth attach to the teeth and then produce plaque. In the beginning, plaque can easily be removed by brushing your dog's teeth or encouraging him to chew on certain toys or treats. However, if this plaque isn't taken care of and then spreads, it can lead to gingivitis and infection. Eventually, this infection can cause terrible pain and even tooth loss. That's why it's so important to begin good dental care for your dog when he's young -- so you can foster a lifetime of healthy dental care from the start.

Signs of periodontal disease include bad breath, reluctancy to eat, chewing on one side of the mouth, dropping food, pawing at the face, rubbing the face on the floor, drooling, becoming head shy and a painful mouth or face.

What can you do to give your dog optimal oral health?

To give your dog the most healthy mouth, it's important to brush his teeth daily, using a toothbrush and toothpaste that are made just for dogs. In addition, it's a good idea to use a specially-formulated dental rinse, as well as dental chews.

Beyond the at-home care, it's vital that you schedule your dog for an annual teeth cleaning. At that same appointment, your veterinarian may do X-rays to check for any oral disease. The earlier it's caught, the greater chance of being able to treat it.

Finally, if you suspect any problems or see any signs of periodontal disease, don't wait to bring your dog to the vet! Bring him in right away and we'll check him out promptly.

Ready for your dog to have his doggie dentist appointment?

If you want to schedule your dog's dentist appointment, all of us at Animal Hospital of Loves Park are happy to help. We're located at 5036 North 2nd Street in Loves Park, Illinois. Give us a call any time at 815-201-2371. We hope to hear from you soon!

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