Give Your Dog Ozonated Water
Buy an ozone maker and create your own ozonated water. You can give it to your dog as drinking water or use it to flush out your dog’s mouth.
Diagnosis of Swollen Gums in Dogs
Upon scheduling an appointment, the veterinarian will view your dog’s teeth and gums at each check up. If you suspect a dental issue with your pet, do not wait for the annual visit to have the problem looked at. Dental disease can progress rapidly.
When discussing the swollen gums with your veterinarian, you will be asked for a brief history of the time leading up to the problem. Your veterinarian will ask what type of food you feed your pet, and will want to know when you first noticed the bad breath and redness in the gums. If you have noticed any behavioral changes in your dog, be sure to advise the veterinarian.
She will perform a visual exam of your dog’s mouth and will point out to you the problem areas where gum recession may be present. She will check for abscesses of the teeth and will perform a palpation of the neck and glands to rule out swelling or lumps.
If infection is present, antibiotics will be prescribed to prepare the mouth for a dental cleaning. Blood work will be ordered to confirm that your dog does not have an underlying problem that should be addressed before the dental appointment is made.
What are symptoms of periodontal disease in dogs?
There are some hallmark symptoms of canine periodontitis pet parents should watch for, including:
By the time signs of advanced periodontitis appear, your dog could be in significant chronic pain, during which our pets tend to instinctively self-isolate to keep from showing weakness to predators.
Unfortunately, the affects of periodontal disease don’t stay confined to your dog’s mouth – the condition can cause issues with major organs and lead to heart disease, since bacteria from the mouth can enter the blood stream and settle in around the heart.
Bacteria in your pooch’s mouth can accumulate and eventually develop into plaque, which meets other minerals and hardens within two to three days. Calculus then forms on the teeth and gets more difficult to scrape away.
The immune system will begin to fight this buildup of bacteria, causing reactions such as inflamed gums and more obvious signs of gum disease.
Diet and poor nutrition can factor into whether your dog will develop periodontal disease, as do environmental contributors such as grooming habits (does your pooch lick himself frequently?), dirty toys, the alignment of teeth (pups with crowded teeth are more susceptible to gum disease), and oral hygiene.
Home Remedies for Tooth Infection in Dogs
Gingivitis is a medical term that refers to inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis is the earliest, and only reversible stage, of periodontal disease.
Stomatitis refers to a more generalized inflammation of the mucous membranes within the mouth and may involve the gums, tongue, inner surfaces of the lips, and/or the floor and roof of the mouth.
Gingivitis may be caused by a bacterial infection from plaque bacteria on the teeth and is usually associated with poor oral hygiene. When bacteria enter into the small space between the gums and teeth, known as the gingival sulcus, they may cause an inflammatory reaction. If gingivitis is left untreated, bacterial infection can progress to tooth supporting structures and result in tooth loss (periodontal disease).
The cause of stomatitis in dogs is unknown but may be caused by a hyperimmune (over reaction) response of the gum tissues to bacterial biofilm.