Dogs and Gingivitis
Dogs have been known to develop gingivitis just like people do. Gingivitis is a gum disease that is often one of the first signs of periodontal disease in dogs. Gingivitis can develop slowly over time especially if the dog’s teeth aren’t regularly cleaned by the owner. In general, people should clean their dog’s teeth on a routine basis with either a vet-approved toothbrush and toothpaste or pet dental wipes. Dental wipes are simple wet wipes designed to be used to wipe a dog’s teeth clean. Gingivitis often occurs when plaque or food and debris builds up on the gums. Advanced gingivitis occurs when plaque plus a calculus build-up is present causing severe redness, irritation, and inflammation. You may notice the first signs of gingivitis in your dog’s breath. Halitosis is the medical condition for extremely bad breath. Click to learn more about gingivitis or call your veterinary clinic Goodyear, AZ.