By age 3, 70% of dogs and cats have gingivitis and/or periodontal disease.
Pets are experts at hiding pain.
Finding dental problems early or preventing them in the first place is important.
Dental care is a major factor in a pet's overall health, yet it is one of the most overlooked health issues with pet owners.
Routine dental care protects not only your pet's mouth from bacteria, but their heart, kidneys and liver as well. This results in a longer, more comfortable life.
Basic Dentistry Definitions:
Gingivitis - is inflammation of the gingiva (gums) which can be treated and reversed with proper care.
Plaque - is composed of bacteria and their by-products, which forms a soft, gel-like material that develops within hours of a cleaned tooth surface. It can be brushed off with a soft toothbrush, or chew toy. If left to spread, plaque can quickly develop into tartar.
Tartar - a calcified, brownish substance that will not come off with normal brushing. As the tartar continues to develop it causes irritation and infection in the pet's gums also known as gingivitis.