Can Dogs Get Cavities?

Yes, although it isn’t as common as in people. Dogs actually need daily dental care just like people. Food builds up on a dog’s teeth just like it does on a person’s teeth. Brushing your dog’s teeth with vet approved toothpaste and toothbrush or wiping the teeth with dental wipes can help keep the teeth free of plaque and tartar. Feeding a hard kibble can also help keep the teeth clean since it naturally breaks down food buildup on the teeth. Dental snacks or dental bone chews are also helpful. If your dog starts to have really bad breath that doesn’t go away then it could be an indication of bacteria or even decay. Severe bad breath is one of the first signs of gingivitis a common gum disease.  Contact your Roanoke, VA veterinarian right away to schedule a dental exam if your dog has severe bad breath or is having difficulty eating. Your dog’s teeth may need immediate attention.

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