If your pet is on this list, take advantage of National February Pet Dental Health Month to treat your dog’s oral infection, save her teeth, and get her well again.

Small Breeds More At Risk

In general small breed dogs have worse dental disease than large dogs because more than 100 years of dog breeding have crammed the same amount of big dog teeth into a small dog’s mouth.

Excellent information from the American Veterinary Dental College

Same # of Teeth, Smaller Mouth

Dogs have a total of 42 teeth. Spread over the length of a large breed dog’s mouth, there is more space, and food is less likely to get stuck in between the teeth, but when those same 42 teeth are organized into the small jaw bones of a breed like a Yorkshire Terrier, there are plenty of nooks and crannies for food to get wedged, decay and cause oral infection.

Big Mouths and Powerful Jaws

Additionally, large breeds can crush big pieces of kibble and really work-over chew toys. This helps scrape away some plaque and tarter. Small breeds are more likely to be babied by owners and fed sugary and other calorie-rich human foods that advance the onset of dental disease.

The Breeds with the Worst Dental Disease

Ready for the top six breeds? Remember, if your pet is on this list, help is on the way. Animal Medical of New City is participating in a national program to assist small breed pet owners to take charge of their pet’s oral health and end the infection. Sign up for a free Oral Health Exam to get started!