Your Pets Need Dental Care Too!
According to the American Veterinarian Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show some signs of oral disease by age 3.
As in humans, plaque and tartar build up leads to periodontal disease which affects the tissues and supporting tooth structures. Pets show symptoms of red, swollen and bleeding gums, pain, and persistent bad breath. If left untreated, infection from periodontal disease may also affect other organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.
Broken teeth from aggressive chewing are also a common problem in dogs, exposing pulp and nerve endings which can become extremely painful for your pet. Food and debris may become impacted attracting bacteria which can lead to infection. While broken teeth are not a big issue with cats, studies have estimated that at least 28% will develop painful lesions in the mouth.
If your pet has a change in eating habits, paws at his face, shows irritability, has persistent bad breath or excessive drooling he may be exhibiting signs of oral disease.
As part of the family, pets should have a regular dental care regimen at home, including brushing the teeth with a toothpaste made specifically for animals. Human toothpaste can cause stomach upset. A routine yearly veterinary examination that includes a dental check up is vital in preventing oral disease and promoting good general health.