Labradors At 2 Years Old - Understanding Dental Disease

Table of Contents


Dental Disease - Signs and Symptoms

Other Problems Dental Disease Can Cause

How to Prevent Dental Disease

How to Treat Dental Disease

Hey Lab lovers! Let's talk about a crucial aspect of our furry friends' health: dental care. As our Labradors hit the ripe age of 2, they become particularly susceptible to dental disease. A dog's lifespan can be shortened by 1-3 years if they get dental disease, so it's essential to pay close attention to their dental health to ensure they lead happy and healthy lives. So, grab a biscuit (for you or your Lab, your choice!) and let's delve into the world of dental disease in Labs together!

Dental Disease - Signs and Symptoms

Dental disease is a common issue among dogs, including our beloved Labradors. As your Lab reaches the age of 2, you might start noticing signs of dental problems, such as:

  • Bad Breath - If your Labrador's breath smells less than fresh, it could be a sign of dental issues like plaque and tartar buildup

  • Poor Teeth - Take a peek inside your Lab's mouth. Discoloured teeth, especially near the gumline, can indicate dental disease. As can wobbly, broken or missing teeth.

  • Red or Inflamed Gums - Healthy gums should be pink, not red or swollen. Inflamed gums may be a sign of dental disease.

  • Difficulty Eating - If your Lab is avoiding hard food or seems reluctant to chew, it could be due to dental pain or discomfort.

  • Excessive Drooling - While some drool is normal for Labradors, excessive drooling could indicate dental problems.

Other Problems Dental Disease Can Cause

Dental disease isn't just about bad breath and yellow teeth. Left untreated, it can lead to more severe health issues for our furry friends. Here are some potential complications:

  • Tooth Loss

    Advanced dental disease can cause tooth decay and eventually lead to tooth loss, which can affect your Labrador's ability to eat and cause pain and discomfort.

  • Kidney, Liver, Heart & Joint Issues

    If your lab, or any dog, loses their teeth they are then in danger of damaging their kidney, liver, heart and joint health! Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream, causing issues for other vital organs and systems in your doggo! A dog’s lifespan can be shortened by 1-3 years if they get dental disease!

How to Prevent Dental Disease

The good news is that there are steps you can take to help prevent dental disease in your Labrador - prevention is always better than cure! Here are our top tips:

  • Regular Brushing - Get into the habit of brushing your Lab's teeth regularly using a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste. Aim for at least a few times a week to help remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup - but daily would be ideal! Using Itch Dental Toothpaste which is an enzymatic toothpaste specifically formulated to break down dental plaque and tartar. Plus it busts the oral bacteria that causes that nasty breath!

  • Dental Treats and Chews - Provide your Labrador with dental treats and chews designed to promote dental health. Chewing on these items can help remove plaque and tartar and keep your Lab's teeth clean. Itch Dental Treats also reduce plaque and tartar build up, and contain green tea, active charcoal and peppermint for that stinky breath!

  • Routine Dental Check Ups - Schedule regular dental checkups with your vet. They can assess your Lab's dental health. Early detection and treatment of dental issues can help prevent more severe problems down the line.

How to Treat Dental Disease

If your Labrador is already showing signs of dental disease, don't worry; here are some options to begin treating the problem:

  • Daily Teeth Brushing - Start as you mean to go on. Us humans brush our teeth everyday, so it’s just as important for your lab to - consistently brushing their teeth with Itch Dental Toothpaste will start the process of breaking down the built up plaque and tartar.

  • Extractions - In very severe cases of dental disease, tooth extraction may be necessary to alleviate pain and prevent further complications.

  • Getting A Preventative Plan In Place - Follow our preventative tips listed above including teeth brushing as regularly as possible, dental treats and chews and regular dental check ups!

Dental disease is a common issue that can affect Labradors, especially as they reach the age of 2. By being vigilant about your Lab's dental health and taking proactive steps to prevent and treat dental disease, you can help ensure they maintain healthy teeth and gums for years to come. Remember to keep an eye out for signs of dental problems and consult your vet if you have any serious concerns. Here's to many more years of happy smiles and wagging tails with our beloved Labradors!



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