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Gingivitis in Dogs

What is gingivitis in dogs?

Gingivitis is known as a dental disease that is often caused when bacteria is accumulated between a dogs teeth and gums, this may often result in irritation, swelling and even bleeding. In dogs gingivitis often is seen as a rough dental calculus that building up abnormally around the dog’s gum line. Often, this disease may cause small pockets that attract food and bacteria.

What are some gingivitis symptoms?

In the case a dog has just developed gingivitis, there may not be many signs of this disease, and however there may be some sort of swelling on the gums. As gingivitis becomes worse, the symptoms may also become worse. Some symptoms of gingivitis in dogs may often include but are not limited to:
• The dog having bad breath
• Swollen gum or even red gums
• Gums that bleed
• Ulcerated gums
• Plaque
Tartar
• Pus
• Pain
• Trouble chewing
• Excessive saliva
Loose teeth

When a dog is diagnosed with gingivitis it is recommended that the dog be seen by a vet for proper treatment. Many questions may begin to arise in a case of gingivitis such as the symptoms, causes, treatments, signs, and surgery. For more information pertaining to gingivitis in dogs, read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions.

What can be done to help treat gingivitis when antibiotics did not help?

However, in some situations, there may be many different solutions that may help a dog with gingivitis. Since gingivitis is caused from plaque and bacteria that lives below the dog’s gum lime, often vets are more prone to help treat this as well as prevent it. Some recommendation may be to give the dog Hill’s Prescription diet T/D in order to clean the dog’s teeth. Also, if the dog will allow this, the individual may need to keep in mind how important it is to practice good dental hygiene by brushing the dog’s teeth daily. Individuals may often use Logic Oral Hygiene Gel in order to brush the dog’s teeth.

Is there an over the counter medication that can help with gingivitis in dogs?

In some cases, individual may often purchase an over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medication such as Aspirin. This medication can be given to the dog of ½ tablets once a day. In the case, the individual can be seen by a vet, a vet may prescribe an antibiotic that may also help with dental care.

What is an effective treatment for gingivitis is dogs when surgery is not an option?

It is known in order to help treat gingivitis it is best to clean the dog’s teeth, and remove any form on infected teeth, and place the dog on a good antibiotic therapy. However, if these solutions are not available, an individual may just use an antibiotic in the case the gums become swollen as well as giving a dog dental chews.

Gingivitis is a common gum disease that is often seen in many dogs that do not have good dental care. However, individuals may need to keep in mind how important it is to keep up on dental care, because once a dog begins to develop gingivitis it may be hard to treat, as well as may cause many other problems for the dog. For more information regarding the causes and treatments for gingivitis is dogs, individuals may contact an Expert.

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