We brush our teeth twice a day at least, but what about your cat or dog?
Dental disease is very common in cats and dogs. Surveys show that after the age of three years, about seven out of ten pets have some kind of tooth disorders. If left unattended these may cause irreversible damage to their teeth, gums and jawbones. Stopping the build-up of plaque can prevent dental disease.
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common conditions seen by veterinary surgeons today. The problems begin when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your pet’s teeth.
Plaque harbours bacteria, which can infect gum tissue and the roots of teeth, causing disease and tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter the bloodstream and may cause damage to other organs. Recent studies have shown that heart, liver and kidney disease can be associated with these bacteria.