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Here Are 10 Dog Breeds Prone to Toothaches and Other Dental Problems

Here Are 10 Dog Breeds Prone to Toothaches and Other Dental Problems

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Dental health is crucial to a dog's general well-being. Certain breeds are unfortunately susceptible to unpleasant, disease-causing disorders of the teeth and gums.

Dental disorders could result in discomfort, bad breath, inflammation, and tooth loss if left untreated. Even worse, life-threatening heart, liver, and renal diseases can emerge.

Knowing your dog's dental issues allows you to avoid and mitigate any harm that could happen to them. The following 10 dog breeds are prone to toothaches and other dental problems.

  1. Dachshunds

Due to their elongated physique, Dachshunds are notorious for their susceptibility to musculoskeletal ailments. Unfortunately, their thin, extended snouts increase their likelihood of developing periodontal pockets.

Periodontal pockets develop when germs accumulate between the tooth and gum. This causes the gum tissue to detach from the tooth and the upper canine tooth surfaces to rot. Collies have small muzzles, making them more likely to develop periodontal pockets.

  1. Pug

These adorable round-headed dogs are prone to overcrowding due to their small jaws. When teeth are too close, food gets stuck between them, and bacteria build-up, leading to gum disease.

They will most likely experience plaque accumulation, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and painful tooth loss resulting from overcrowding.

  1. Boxers

These dogs frequently have gingival hyperplasia, a condition characterized by enlarged gums. Gingival hyperplasia is an inflammatory reaction caused by excessive plaque and, in certain instances, a side effect of medicines.

If you currently own this dog, you can bring your Boxer puppy in for routine dental examinations and teeth cleaning in Oshawa, during which we will reduce plaque in the mouth and diagnose gum disease before it becomes severe.

  1. Greyhound

A Greyhound has a high incidence of periodontal disease with an early beginning. In addition, they are predisposed to several hereditary diseases of the tooth enamel that put them at risk for painful infections, root exposure, and tooth loss.

  1. Yorkies

Smaller breeds, like Pomeranians, Poodles, Yorkies, and Maltese, are infamous for their snaggle-teeth look, a condition in which the puppy teeth sprout on top of the adult teeth. 

Unfortunately, this condition traps food and debris in difficult-to-reach regions, putting your Yorkie at risk for gum disease. For persistent infant teeth, extraction is advised. Otherwise, the permanent teeth may fail to erupt or develop at an awkward angle, resulting in a painful malocclusion.

  1. Chihuahuas

One of the best aspects of having a little lap dog, such as a Chihuahua, is that they are small as if they were perpetual pups. Unfortunately, their tiny jaws make accommodating all 42 of their teeth challenging. Chihuahuas frequently experience overcrowded teeth, plaque accumulation, and periodontal disease.

  1. Shetland Sheepdog

Due to the Shetland Sheepdog's long, narrow muzzle, they are susceptible to some particular dental concerns. It is common for them to be born with underbites or overbites. The incisors may spin and point outwards, causing discomfort in the gums, and the canine teeth may develop sideways and point outwards, a disease known as Lance canines. Other teeth may never materialize or may fall out prematurely.

  1. Collies

The Collie is one of the breeds with the highest incidence of overbite. Overbite dentition is an abnormal connection between the dental arches characterized by a shorter-than-normal lower jaw compared to the upper jaw and frequently observed in very young pups.

Treatment of secondary issues, including tooth-on-tooth wear and soft tissue injuries, should become a focus after a puppy reaches adulthood. Depending on the severity, there are various adult treatment options like orthodontic movement, extractions, or crown reduction with pulp therapy.

  1. Shih Tzus

Shih Tzus are more susceptible to delayed tooth eruption, a condition in which the dog's teeth emerge from the gums later than usual. Typically, this is not a worry because teeth ultimately appear. However, if teeth don’t erupt, it might lead to complications like impaction of the tooth and cyst growth. In certain instances, oral surgery might be used to promote tooth eruption.

  1. Labradors

Bigger breeds, which are genetically more susceptible to periodontal disease than smaller breeds, have a higher incidence of tooth fractures. Large, energetic breeds such as Labradors and Shepherds appear to get into more mischief, and the most frequent reason I treat these dogs is for shattered or damaged teeth. Owners of Labs should not allow their pets to chew on hard toys like tennis balls. They should also take them to a veterinarian if there is evidence of tooth breakage or discoloration.

Even if a dog is genetically predisposed to dental illness, they are not always destined for a lifetime of poor oral health. The staff at your dog's doggy daycare may also assist you in identifying any indicators of dental problems and locating a trustworthy Etobicoke dentist for dogs or a dog dentist in Sarnia who can meet your dog's dental needs.

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