Did You Know?
- Dogs have 42 teeth
- Cats have 30 teeth
- 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.