Dental care is a very important part of your pet's overall health. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious diseases of the heart, kidneys and liver. Studies have shown that 8 out of 10 dogs and 7 out of 10 cats show signs of gum disease by the age of three. The good news is that most dental diseases can be prevented and controlled. Dogs and cats over the age of one should have routine dental check-ups. Good preventive oral care is an important part of protecting your pet’s overall health.
Dental Problems May Cause Your Pet to Suffer from:
- Prolonged Pain
- Tooth Loss
- Chronic Infections
- Lowered Resistance
- Heart, Liver and Kidney Disease
Look for These Signs:
- Bad Breath
- Changes in Drooling
- Yellow or Brown Teeth Discolorations
- Decreased Appetite
Progressive Nature of Periodontal Disease
- Early periodontal disease: Inflamed gumline — red, swollen and sometimes tender. Plaque is barely visible, but it is already present.
- Extensive plaque formation with tartar build-up: Inflamed gumline. Mouth is probably sore with occasional drooling. Beginning of mouth odor.
- Thick tartar formation (creamy-brown hard masses on the teeth): Inflamed and partially receding gums. Periodontal disease is well under way below the gumline. Mouth is sore and bad breath is present.
- Severe tartar formation: Inflamed and receding gumline is very sensitive. Advanced periodontal disease is present with infection, bleeding, tooth and bone loss.