Periodontal disease (dental disease) is the most common clinical condition in dogs and cats, and it is entirely preventable. By three years of age most dogs and cats have some evidence of dental disease. Some signs of dental disease include: include, gingivitis, tartar build up, periodontal disease or gingival hyperplasia.
Other than bad breath there are not many signs that owners will notice until the dental disease has progressed.
Sometimes animals will slow down and even stop eating depending on the severity of the disease.
Plaque and tartar will develop under the gum line and cause damage to the tooth. If the bacteria gets bad enough, it can travel to tooth roots and abscesses may occur. It can also spread to their heart valves, liver or kidneys and damage those as well.
We recommend annual physical exams with your Veterinarian to help find possible dental problems before they becomes a major issue.
The most effective way to prevent dental tartar building up on your pet’s teeth is to brush them.