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Dental diseases are no walk in the park. They can be a very serious ordeal that doesn’t just affect your dog’s teeth and gums, but also his internal organs when left untreated. Knowing the specifics about which canine dental diseases are the most likely to affect your dog can help you in providing him with the best care possible
Some dogs are more at risk of developing dental problems than others – smaller breeds especially. Here are 8 dog breeds that you should pay more attention to when it comes to periodontal diseases.
- ColliesCollies are especially impacted by overbite. Overbite is a rare dental occurrence where there is an unusual relationship between the dental arches where the lower jaw is abnormally short in comparison to the upper jaw. Overbite is often seen in younger puppies and shorter dogs like collies and dachshunds. The treatments usually vary from breed to breed.
- PugsPugs are adorable with their little pushed in faces. But that also means that they need extra dental care. Because of their smaller face, their teeth often don’t line up in the right way, causing pain and irritation. The condition is known as malocclusion. Another problem to look out for is crowded teeth. Crowded teeth can cause an excessive buildup of plaque due to the close range in which the canine’s teeth are arranged.
- YorkiesSmaller breeds like Yorkies tend to have deciduous teeth. Their baby teeth are fixed in position above their adult teeth. It causes for two teeth to be occupied in the same spot simultaneously. It’s more difficult to clean food build up and this can lead to many dental diseases.
- ChihuahuasTheir small size is what makes them so adorable. Yet they still have to have all 42 teeth crammed into that tiny mouth. There is seldom enough room for all that teeth in even the largest of Chihuahuas. Crowded teeth are more prone to dental problems because of excessive food buildup.
- DachshundsThese dogs have narrow muzzles and this makes them more at risk for getting periodontal pockets. They are the spaces that are created by bone and tooth loss. It is also a prime spot for bacteria to thrive. Another breed that’s more at risk for acquiring periodontal pockets is Collies.
- BoxersBoxers are most at risk of developing gingival hyperplasia, which is a thickening, or an overgrowth of the gums. It’s usually caused by plaque buildup.
- Shih TzusThese adorable little dogs are more at risk for delayed tooth eruption – which is when a dog’s teeth come out a bit later than what’s considered to be the norm, causing problems such as the formation of cysts and tooth impaction.
- LabradorsYes, even larger dogs can develop dental problems. Larger dogs like Labs tend to be more mischievous and this leads to worn or fractured teeth. To prevent this from happening, avoid tennis balls and chew toys that are too hard.