What is dog plaque?
Dog plaque is a common concern and reason for pet owners to visit their vet.
Oral hygiene is an important part of dogs’ overall health and wellbeing. If your pet’s teeth aren’t kept clean, they can become coated in plaque, which may lead to dental problems.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. Bacteria in plaque produce acids after you eat or drink. These acids can destroy both enamel and cause cavities and gingivitis (gum disease). Plaque can also develop under the gums on tooth roots and break down the bones that support teeth.
Plaque is a colourless to pale yellow and when it is colourless it can be harder to detect, so it’s important to maintain dog dental care.
What causes dog plaque?
Plaque develops when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starch) are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. If the bacteria deposits from plaque on teeth aren’t removed through regular brushing, they can cause problems and tartar build up.
What is the difference between plaque and tartar on dog’s teeth?
Plaque is a soft, clear or yellow film of bacteria that can be removed by brushing dog’s teeth. If plaque sits on teeth too long, it hardens to create tartar, which usually has a darker colour.
There is a misconception that only a veterinary professional can remove tartar on dogs teeth, however nutraplaque is a 100% natural plaque and tartar remover which provides an advanced double action to help aid oral health and hygiene.
Common signs of dog teeth plaque include:
- Inflamed gums
- Discoloured teeth
- Loss of teeth
- Bad breath
- Pus inside the mouth
Certain breeds are more prone to dog plaque. Small dogs and toy breeds tend to be most likely to develop dental issues. This is because small breeds have smaller mouths, which means they tend to be at a higher risk of overcrowding.
Overcrowding can damage teeth in your dog’s mouth and lead to more plaque or other dental conditions. Another disadvantage of having a small mouth is that dog tooth plaque and tartar tends to build up quickly. This excess build-up of tartar can lead to more serious dental problems.
If you are worried about your dog’s teeth, speak to your vet who can monitor and is best placed to offer advice.