The Dog Breeds That Are More Prone to Dental Diseases

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No matter the breed, we all love our dogs. But some dogs are more prone to dental diseases than others. It’s important to make sure that you’re able to provide the proper care that these dogs need before you go ahead and adopt one. If you already have one of these dogs, then knowing about this can help prepare you. It could even help minimize the damage or prevent it altogether.

  1. Pug
    Pugs are adorable little creatures known for their squished in faces. However adorable they are, the same trait that we love so much also puts them at a higher risk of dental diseases. They have really small jaws. These jaws still have to accommodate all their teeth but that’s a struggle. So instead, they experience crowding. Other breeds who have this same problem are Boston Terriers, English Bulldogs, Brussels Griffons, and Shih Tzus. Crowding can cause gingivitis, plaque build-up, tooth loss, and periodontal disease.
  2. Yorkshire Terrier
    Yorkies can suffer from numerous conditions affecting the teeth. They tend to retain their baby teeth, they have genetic predispositions to dental issues, and they have a lot of fur which can easily get caught in their mouths. A combination of all these conditions can eventually lead to plaque buildup, foul breath, and tooth decay. Make sure you look after your Yorkie’s teeth.
  3. Shelties
    Shelties have a long and slender muzzle. This can lead to a lot of dental issues. They often suffer from overbites or underbites, they could develop outward pointing incisors, which can then cause gum pain, they could have teeth that grow sideways also known as Lance canines, and some of their teeth may never even develop or sometimes fall out early.
  4. Chihuahuas
    Chihuahuas have small muzzles and tiny teeth which causes them to have dental issues. Yet another toy breed that faces dental issues because of their retained baby teeth and dental crowding.
  5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
    These dogs face pretty much the same issues as Yorkies, another toy breed. They could also suffer from tartar buildup, early tooth decay, gingivitis, and tooth loss.
  6. Greyhounds
    Greyhounds and their cousins the Italian greyhounds and the Whippets are at risk of developing early-onset periodontal disease. They are also at risk of several conditions affecting the tooth enamel. This often leads to painful infections, tooth loss, and root exposure.
  7. Dachshunds
    These dogs have muzzles similar to that of shelties. They also have tiny jaws and teeth similar to Chihuahuas. The result of this dangerous combination is a higher risk for periodontal disease, halitosis, and gingivitis.
  8. Maltese
    These adorable toy breeds are major late bloomers. Their baby teeth take much longer to come out and even longer to fall out. They tend to suffer from tartar and plaque buildup, as well as crowding.

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