February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and it’s important because poor oral health is one of the most common problems vets see in their patients.
Taking care of our dogs’ oral health is necessary for all pet parents, not just to fight uninviting breath, but also because dental diseases can be associated with other health issues, such as sinus infections, diabetes, cancer, and a host of other problems.
Feel like your pup has less-than-perfect chompers? Your dog may be a breed known for dental health issues. Here’s a look at breeds and types of dogs who tend to have more oral health issues than others.
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The Chihuahua can be a pretty resilient pup! Being a smaller dog, a healthy Chihuahua's average lifespan can be anywhere from twelve to 15 years.
Unfortunately, their cute, adorable size means they also have smaller mouths. Teeth overcrowding is a problem that many Chihuahuas face, often resulting in an adorable snaggletooth or underbite of sorts.
This adorable overcrowding could lead to pain and swelling in the mouth.
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Did you know the term “Yorkie breath” was coined due to the breed's infamous halitosis?
If you have a Yorkshire Terrier, it may be wise to start brushing their teeth more often.
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Abnormal bites and incisors can be common in this herding breed. Also, due to genetics, this breed is also known to sometimes be completely missing a few teeth.
If you really want a Lassie lookalike in your life, be sure that you're ready for the toothy issues that may arise.
Brachycephalic (Short-Faced) Dogs
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Brachycephalic dog breeds include the Brussels Griffon, English and French Bulldog, Shih Tzu, and Pug among others.
Who doesn't love these adorable short-faced pups? Well your wallet may not after the extensive dental work these breeds may need.
Short-faced dogs are more prone to periodontal disease. This gum disease can lead to some serious pain and bad breath for your dog.
If you have one of these breeds, be sure to get their teeth cleaned regularly and give them quality chew treats -- maybe even make your own!
Toy & Smaller Breeds In General
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Many veterinarians report that toy dogs are some of the most common clients when it comes to chronic bad breath.
Plaque and tartar tend to build up quickly in smaller mouths and should be addressed. Other small pups known for their not-so-lovely breath include:
- • Smaller Poodle mixes
- • Pomeranians
- • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
- • Malteses
- • Italian Greyhounds
These smaller breeds are also prone to tooth decay and gum diseases.
Do you have a pup who’s prone to dental issues? How are you proactively taking care of your dog’s oral health? Let us know in the comments below!