If your furry English Bulldog friend has morning breath that seems to last all day, he could need a good tooth brushing! Yes, believe it or not, your dog needs basically the same dental care routine that you need. Although dogs generally do not get cavities, they do get dental diseases caused by excess plaque and tartar build-up. Periodontal or gum disease is the most common affliction among dogs. In fact, almost all dental procedures that are done on humans can now be done on dogs - everything from braces to crowns and bridges! Although most of these procedures will never be necessary for your dog, keeping his teeth and gums clean and healthy will prevent future problems.
The first step in preventive dental care is to check your dog's teeth and gums on a regular basis. You should look for discolored gums and any plaque or tartar build-up. Red, inflamed gums are a sign of gingivitis, which is caused by bacteria building up in the gums. Other signs of gingivitis are bad breath and excessive saliva. Also check for broken teeth and see your vet if you find any.