Numerous people love the companionship that comes with owning a dog. Unfortunately, new research indicates that these loyal pets could actually have a negative impact on their owners’ oral health.
A new report indicates that owners who show their dogs too much affection could be at risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. Appearing in the Archives for Oral Biology, the study showed that dog owners who kiss their pets may trade harmful bacteria that can cause aggressive tooth decay for both parties. Researchers aren’t exactly sure why this occurs; however, they think it may have something to do with how mouths react to foreign bacteria, when they don’t have natural antibodies already in place.
While many pet owners are content to scratch their dogs behind the ears, some pet owners show affection by giving the occasional kiss. Most people know the old myth which states that canine mouths are actually cleaner than human mouths; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Since dogs often eat rodents, insects and even feces, they tend to have a lot more bacteria living inside their mouths.
Whether you own a cat, dog or any other pet, you should maintain consistent dental cleanings to help keep your mouth in healthy condition. When left untreated, even tiny cavities can evolve into expensive, painful problems that call for specialized treatments, such as root canals and more.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is equal to a pound of cure. Don’t take your dental health for granted; call Collins Dentistry & Aestheitcs at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley, to schedule regular appointments that will help keep your teeth and gums feeling and looking healthy.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
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