All cats and dogs over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease. The sad fact is that dental disease is the number one diagnosed problem in veterinary medicine. There are a number of things we can do to help your pet live a longer pain free life, and good oral health is one of the most important. Outside of the “yuck mouth” associated with dental disease, there is the potential for far more serious health problems.
Tartar is a calcification of minerals in the saliva and plaque is a buildup of bacteria. As dental disease progresses, so does the severity of gingivitis. This is painful. When your pet eats, their gums bleed and that bacteria is injected directly into the blood stream. This can cause serious infections throughout the body. It can affect the liver, kidneys and even the heart.
All of this can be avoided with something as simple as regular tooth brushing, annual or semi-annual checkups and routine cleanings.