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Gingivitis in dogs

Gingivitis is mainly caused by bacterial deposits near the gum line. In case of gingivitis, the gums become irritated and reddened or very red. Learn to recognise the symptoms and how gingivitis is treated.

Brush your dogs teeth regularly to avoid inflammation in the mouth.

Symptoms of gingivitis

  • Inflamed red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Gums bleed spontaneously
  • Bad breath

The changes are usually first seen along the gum line, to eventually cover the entire gum. The surface becomes glossy and shiny. The tissue swells, becomes soft and flabby and may bleed spontaneously. The dog may also have bad breath.

How is gingivitis treated?

The teeth may need to be completely cleaned of plaque and calculus through a professional dental cleaning at a veterinarian. After that, the teeth need to be brushed regularly, especially against the gums it should be brushed thoroughly. Plaque is continuously formed by substances in the saliva together with oral bacteria and can never be avoided. Therefore, a regular tooth brushing routine is the only way to prevent plaque.

Gingivitis that is not treated can cause tooth loss (periodontitis) in the dog.

Make sure you brush your dogs teeth

Tartar, tooth loss and other dental diseases can often be prevented by regular tooth brushing. Daily brushing can detect disease in the dog's mouth at an early stage.

Learn how to brush your dogs teeth

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