Many say that a dog's mouth is cleaner with respect to human mouth. If you really try to explore further on the subject, you would find that the mouth of a dog and that of a human is quite different from one another and unlikely to be compared with each other. In fact the functionality of a dog's mouth is quite different from that of a human. Humans use their mouth mainly to eat where as a dog uses its mouth to carry out a variety of jobs. Apart from eating it uses its mouth to taste and identify unknown objects, to control heat, as toilet paper and such. So, the bacteria in dog mouth are different from that of humans.
The following are some important facts on bacteria in dog mouth.
Facts on Bacteria in Dog Mouth
Unlike the teeth of humans the dog teeth are not easy victims of cavities. Dogs have comparatively high pH level around 9 whereas in humans the ph level is 6.5 to 7.5. Due to high ph level cavities are non existent in dog mouth.
But due to high pH level in dogs, precipitation of calcium phosphate, formation of tartar and plaque takes place in their teeth.
According to many the saliva of dog's mouth has antiseptic properties. Though scientific evidences have proved that dog saliva can inhibit certain bacterial growth like that of E.coli and certain strains of Streptococcus but there a variety of other bacteria in dog mouth that are found to be quite harmful for both the pet and its owner.
Dog's teeth have a coat of biofilms in the teeth. The biofilm consist of lattice frame work of some species of bacteria and some kinds of fungi that consists of moderate anaerobic and core anaerobic. The bacteria is well protected from the hostile environment as they reside within a polysaccharide form of glue.
The bacterial biofilm is also known as the dental biofilm. A biofilm may contain hundreds of bacterial species some of which are found to be harmless while some can not be cultured. There are still many bacteria that are yet to be identified.
Dog dental care is very important for maintain good oral health. If the dog mouth is not cleaned regularly the pet can develop tartar which would soon lead to the formation of a serious full blown disease called periodontal disease. Ask your dog to chew some items that would actually help your pet to get rid of sticky food particles. You may take the help of a veterinary physician in case you are new to dog dental care.