And it is often overlooked by most pet owners.
Just like humans, our pets need dental care too. Without a good dental hygiene plan, our pets can become vulnerable to gum and tooth disease. Did you know 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from some form of dental disease by the age of 3? What’s more, dental disease is also capable of causing problems elsewhere in the body (heart, skin, gut, kidneys).
When there is an accumulation of bacteria and food particles in the mouth, plaque is formed. Plaque will adhere to the surface of the teeth above and below the gum line. If left alone, the plaque will eventually calcify and eventually become a yellow-brown substance called tartar. Over time, severe and often irreversible changes can occur in the mouth which can include:
- Gum infections (gingivitis)
- Receding gumlines
- Bad breath
- Oral pain
- Destruction of the supportive structures around the tooth and tooth roots
- Loosening or compete loss of teeth