Canine Gingivitis Remedies
"Canine gingivitis remedies are needed when there are signs of gum inflammation. If gingivitis in dogs is not treated, it can result in periodontitis, a condition where there is bone loss and problems with the ligament tissues that support dog teeth. It can be reversed, but when it advances to periodontitis, it cannot. Treatment involves a dental cleaning and tooth extraction if needed. Remedies include antioxidants, bioflavanoids, Coenzyme Q, and Folic acid. Homeopathic dog dental remedies could also be of some help."
Canine Gingivitis remedies should be effective at reducing or reversing gum disease. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Brush the teeth well and it could be reversed. Most dogs who are over age 2 have some form of gum disease which usually occurs on the premolars and molars.
I'm always confused when I go to the dentist so here is a simple way to think about it. The condition when food and bacteria are trapped below the gum line is called gingivitis. The stuff that gets trapped is first called tarter, and then when it gets harder because no one removed it, it turns into plaque. Both plaque and tarter are forms of calculus.
Plaque tends to form on the tooth just below the gum line on the upper and back teeth first. Without cleaning, in as little as 36 hours, this plaque could harden and become tarter. Unfortunately tarter must be professionally removed since a brush is not effective.
If plaque or calculus is not removed, it changes the ph in your dog's mouth allowing bacteria to form around the gums. This bacteria eats away at the gums with the tooth eventually falling out.
Your Veterinarian will rate the amount of disease affecting a tooth into either stage I through IV. Stages I and II can be resolved with cleaning and scaling the tooth. Stages III and IV usually involving removal of the diseased canine tooth and some gum surgery.
Poodles and smaller dogs tend to have bigger problems with plaque and tarter. Dogs that eat dry food and chew on bones tend to have less with those that eat soft foods having more.
Treating Canine Gingivitis
See your Veterinarian if you see lumps, bumps, inflamed gums, bleeding gums, foreign bodies you can�t remove, stains, damaged teeth, pimples around the mouth, drooling that just started out of nowhere or breath problems.
Your dog will be given antibiotics for 1 to 3 weeks after treatment.
Canine Gingivitis Remedies - For HomeCanine gingivitis remedies that can be given at Home include rinsing your dog's mouth with .2% chlorhexidine (Peridex or Nolvadent) 1x or 2x a day. Soak a cotton ball with this solution and gently rub the gums and teeth. Wash and massage the gums until healthy.
Veterinarians sell Stomadhex, which is a patch that is used for 10 days and that sticks to just inside the upper lip. The patch is time released and contains chlorhexidine and nicotinamide (a vitamin). This approach helps to prevent plaque, tarter and controls bad breath.
Natural Canine Gingivitis Rememdies
- Vitamin C and Vitamin E - both are antioxidants that decreases swelling and pain associated with periodontal disease (vitamin C, 10/mg per pound, 2 to 3x per day; vitamin E 5-10 mg/pound of body weight, 1x per day, use mixed tocopherols when selecting a vitamin E product).
- Bioflavanoids - Use Pycnogenol (.5-1 mg/pound) or grape seed extract. Another choice is an oil based form of Coenzyme Q10 (1-3 mg/pound of body weight, 1x per day).
- Folic Acid -folic acid alone or as part of a B Complex supplement can help with canine gingivitis.
- Myrrh- Soothes inflammation of the gums. Apply to your dog's gums with a Q-tip mixed with distilled water.
- Echinacea- Used in periodontal treatment.
- Arnica- Relieves symptoms associated with oral surgery.
- Calendula Lotion- Promotes healing in the mouth and soothes ulcers.
- Fragraria- May prevent tarter buildup.
- Chamonilla- Decreases puppy teething.
- Hypericum- Decreases oral pain
Consider a homeopathic supplement made to help with gingivitis such as Pet Alive's Gums-n-Teeth to prevent pet gingivitis.
Canine Periodontal Disease
Bad canine gingivitis results in canine periodontitis. If the gums are badly infected, the infection spreads to the roots, causing the teeth to loosen or come out. Signs of periodontal disease include drooling and reluctance to eat. Review the canine gingivitis remedies on this page to prevent this from happening.
Canine HalitosisGingivitis may cause a dog to have bad breath. If you dog's breath smells, the gums are red or bleeding and there is the presence of puss at the gum line, your dog probably has gingivitis. To check your dog's breath, pull back a lip and smell. Follow any of the recommended canine gingivitis remedies for treatment.
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