Dental diseases are no walk in the park. They can be a very
serious ordeal that doesn’t just affect your dog’s teeth and
gums, but also his internal organs when left untreated. Knowing
the specifics about which canine dental diseases are the most
likely to affect your dog can help you in providing him with the
best care possibleSome dogs are more at risk of developing dental
problems than others – smaller breeds especially. Here are 8 dog
breeds that you should pay more attention to when it comes to
ColliesCollies are especially impacted by
overbite. Overbite is a rare dental occurrence where there is
an unusual relationship between the dental arches where the
lower jaw is abnormally short in comparison to the upper jaw.
Overbite is often seen in younger puppies and shorter dogs like
collies and dachshunds. The treatments usually vary from breed
PugsPugs are adorable with their little pushed
in faces. But that also means that they need extra dental care.
Because of their smaller face, their teeth often don’t line up
in the right way, causing pain and irritation. The condition is
known as malocclusion. Another problem to look out for is
crowded teeth. Crowded teeth can cause an excessive buildup of
plaque due to the close range in which the canine’s teeth are
YorkiesSmaller breeds like Yorkies tend to
have deciduous teeth. Their baby teeth are fixed in position
above their adult teeth. It causes for two teeth to be occupied
in the same spot simultaneously. It’s more difficult to clean
food build up and this can lead to many dental diseases.
ChihuahuasTheir small size is what makes them
so adorable. Yet they still have to have all 42 teeth crammed
into that tiny mouth. There is seldom enough room for all that
teeth in even the largest of Chihuahuas. Crowded teeth are more
prone to dental problems because of excessive food buildup.
DachshundsThese dogs have narrow muzzles and
this makes them more at risk for getting periodontal pockets.
They are the spaces that are created by bone and tooth loss. It
is also a prime spot for bacteria to thrive. Another breed
that’s more at risk for acquiring periodontal pockets is
BoxersBoxers are most at risk of developing
gingival hyperplasia, which is a thickening, or an overgrowth
of the gums. It’s usually caused by plaque buildup.
Shih TzusThese adorable little dogs are more
at risk for delayed tooth eruption – which is when a dog’s
teeth come out a bit later than what’s considered to be the
norm, causing problems such as the formation of cysts and tooth
LabradorsYes, even larger dogs can develop
dental problems. Larger dogs like Labs tend to be more
mischievous and this leads to worn or fractured teeth. To
prevent this from happening, avoid tennis balls and chew toys
that are too hard.
Some more information on the dog breeds that are prone to dental
The Dog Breeds That Are More Prone to Dental
No matter the breed, we all love our dogs. But some dogs are more
prone to dental diseases than others. It’s important to make sure
that you’re able to provide the proper care that these dogs need
before you go ahead and adopt one. If you already have one of
these dogs, then knowing about this can help prepare you. It
could even help minimize the damage or prevent it altogether.
PugPugs are adorable
little creatures known for their squished in faces. However
adorable they are, the same trait that we love so much also
puts them at a higher risk of dental diseases. They have really
small jaws. These jaws still have to accommodate all their
teeth but that’s a struggle. So instead, they experience
crowding. Other breeds who have this same problem are Boston
Terriers, English Bulldogs, Brussels Griffons, and Shih Tzus.
Crowding can cause gingivitis, plaque build-up, tooth loss, and
TerrierYorkies can suffer from numerous conditions
affecting the teeth. They tend to retain their baby teeth, they
have genetic predispositions to dental issues, and they have a
lot of fur which can easily get caught in their mouths. A
combination of all these conditions can eventually lead to
plaque buildup, foul breath, and tooth decay. Make sure you
look after your Yorkie’s teeth.
a long and slender muzzle. This can lead to a lot of dental
issues. They often suffer from overbites or underbites, they
could develop outward pointing incisors, which can then cause
gum pain, they could have teeth that grow sideways also known
as Lance canines, and some of their teeth may never even
develop or sometimes fall out early.
have small muzzles and tiny teeth which causes them to have
dental issues. Yet another toy breed that faces dental issues
because of their retained baby teeth and dental crowding.
Cavalier King Charles
SpanielsThese dogs face pretty much the same issues as
Yorkies, another toy breed. They could also suffer from tartar
buildup, early tooth decay, gingivitis, and tooth loss.
and their cousins the Italian greyhounds and the Whippets are
at risk of developing early-onset periodontal disease. They are
also at risk of several conditions affecting the tooth enamel.
This often leads to painful infections, tooth loss, and root
have muzzles similar to that of shelties. They also have tiny
jaws and teeth similar to Chihuahuas. The result of this
dangerous combination is a higher risk for periodontal disease,
halitosis, and gingivitis.
toy breeds are major late bloomers. Their baby teeth take much
longer to come out and even longer to fall out. They tend to
suffer from tartar and plaque buildup, as well as crowding.