Oral gum care can often be overlooked when dealing with canines. Taking care of your pet's teeth and gums can be vital in fighting off potential infections or tooth loss. While there are home remedies that can help lessen the chance of your dog developing gum disease, it is important to remember to periodically check with you veterinarian about the health of your pet's gums and/or mouth area.
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Chlorodexidine is a chemical antiseptic that can kill bacterial microbes within your dog's mouth. By utilizing this form of home remedy, simply rinse your dog's mouth out with a 2 percent solution of Chlorodexidine, which can also be called Peridex, or Nolvadent. If you find it difficult to rinse your dog's mouth out, you can also apply the Chlorodexidine to a cotton swab, and gently wash and massage the gums and teeth with the solution.
Myrrh is the dried sap from a number of different trees including Commiphora Myrrh, and the Commiphora Gileadensis, native to Yemen and Jordan. If you dog is showing any signs of inflammation or the beginnings of any gum disease, myrrh can help alleviate the condition. When using this home remedy, simply mix myrrh with distilled water and apply to the gums.
Calendula lotion helps the healing process of ulcerations and sores inside your dog's mouth. When applying the lotion liberally to your dog's gums or sores, it can hasten the healing process while keeping the area clean.
Vitamin C is well known for increasing the body's ability to fight off infections and illnesses. This is the same with dogs. By giving your dog Vitamin C, it will help decrease any swelling or pain within the gums or mouth.
Things to Remember
It is important to note that the above are only suggested home remedies for the care of your dog's gum and mouth areas. If your dog presents with any oral issues, including any form of gum disease, it is important to seek medical attention through your pet's veterinarian. Canine periodontal disease can lead to life-threatening infections that can affect your pet's liver, kidneys, or heart. Regular checkups by your veterinarian can help reduce signs and symptoms of gum disease.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.