According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), periodontal disease is the most commonly diagnosed problem in dogs and cats. About 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental disease by their 3rd birthday.
Plaque, tartar, and bacteria in the mouth may lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease not only leads to bad breath, it can also result in painful infections, tooth loss and other serious, even life-threatening health conditions. It can spread through the bloodstream to the heart, liver, and kidneys, and shorten your pet's life. Since gum disease increases the risk for other, more serious health conditions that we've listed, daily home care in conjunction with annual veterinary dental exams and cleanings are essential.
The AVMA recommends daily brushing of your pet's teeth and regular dental checkups. In fact, studies indicate that daily home brushing and regular dental care may add as much as five years to your pet's life!
During your pet's annual examination, we checks your pet's dental health and will recommend a dental cleaning if necessary, as well as give you advice on how to maintain your dog or cat's good oral health. But if you notice plaque and tartar build-up, that your pet has difficulty chewing, has bad breath, or if you have any other oral concerns, schedule an appointment to see your veterinarian right away. Good oral health is a key factor in your pet's overall wellness!
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