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If your dog is anything like mine, he or she probably doesn’t enjoy getting their teeth brushed. Dental hygiene is an important practice for pets because, like humans, plaque and bacteria can grow. It is important for their overall health to have clean teeth and gums. What happens though if gum disease is diagnosed? Could hemp oil help keep their teeth healthy, too? Let’s sink our teeth in this article to find out…

What is gum disease? 

According to wagwalking.com, gum disease is the colonization of bacteria that results in the erosion of gums, teeth, and bone, causing your pet chronic pain and tooth and bone loss. 

What are the symptoms? 

The next time you are near your pet, inspect the inside their mouth for the following: 

  • Bleeding or red gums
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Loss of appetite (eating can be painful)
  • Difficulty eating
  • Drooling
  • Irritability or antisocial behavior 
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Blood in water bowl or on chew toys
  • Bad breath 

What are the causes of gum disease in pets? 

If we can identify the causes, we as pet owners can better combat this chronic condition. Below are some general factors:

  • Age
  • General health
  • Diet
  • Chewing behaviors
  • Genetics
  • Tooth alignment
  • Grooming habits
  • Dental hygiene

What are the treatment options? 

A medically-reviewed article from the barkingroyalty.com explains the treatment options depend on how far advanced the gum disease is. In the early stages, treatment focuses on removing tartar, bacteria, and plaque through professional dental cleanings. 

Gum disease that is farther advanced will require a more aggressive approach. Tooth, and sometimes jaw bone, extraction is needed. 

Sarah Potts, an expert on all things hemp oil, explains how hemp can be an excellent preventative and treatment option for gum disease because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  
Starting dental hygiene practices early and talking to your vet about preventative options will help keep your pet healthy for years to come! Consider how brushing your pet’s teeth with Herbal Pet’s Hemp Oil tinctures can help keep their teeth healthy and clean.

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