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Dental diseases in dogs are quite common, as tartar can build up, causing inflammation along the gum line, known as gingivitis, growths on the gums and tooth decay. Brush a dog's teeth regularly to avoid harmful dental diseases with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Let's talk about dog dental diseases. Dental diseases, and keeping your dog's teeth healthy can be a major impact in your dog's longevity and overall health. And so, as technology gets better and better, dentistry procedures in veterinary medicine have also gotten better and better, and so we know that the better the teeth are in dogs, the longer they're going to live. There are multiple types of diseases that can occur when dealing with the canine mouth. The most common things that we deal with are tartar buildup. So tartar comes from plaque buildup and basically bacteria, causing a hard concrete-like substance on top of the tooth surface. This can also cause inflammation along the gum line, called gingivitis. There can be other things occurring in a mouth when dealing with dental disease, such as growths on the gum, and masses, things like that, and you can have tooth decay, you can have teeth that become loose in their sockets--which need to be removed--any tooth that's lose needs to be removed. Also, you can have fractures of teeth that you don't know about. That can be that a dog can do from chewing on hard bones, things like that. And so, the most important thing is to talk to your veterinary clinic about good oral overall health care, and brushing your dog's teeth. Now, some dogs don't allow you to do that, but if you can, it's a very amazing thing that can help keep tartar from building up on your dog's teeth and increase their lifespan and their overall health.

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