According to a study conducted by Purdue University, there’s a connection between gum disease and heart disease in dogs. When tartar is allowed to form on a dog’s gum line, it makes a home for anaerobic bacteria that multiply and work their way into the pockets around the roots of a dog’s teeth. These pockets grow larger, and the teeth eventually fall out.
The bacteria now has a route directly into the blood stream where it collects in the dog’s heart organ and builds up just like plaque in an unhealthy human heart. Left unchecked, the dog develops heart disease and will eventually die.
Signs of Gum Disease:
Red, swollen,or bleeding gums
Crusty white or yellowish build up along the gum line
Loose or missing teeth
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