Why Dental Care For Dogs And Cats Is Important?
Just like humans, pets require high-quality dental care to maintain good oral health and also protect the rest of their body. When dental care is not provided regularly through both veterinary dental exams and teeth cleanings and at-home oral care, serious problems can occur beyond just bad breath or a few cavities.
Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a common oral problem in dogs and cats. In fact, most pets begin showing signs of this disease by the age of three. The primary cause of periodontal disease is the buildup of plaque and tartar on teeth that are not cleaned regularly.
This buildup extends below the gum line and creates a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and microbes. The nutrients provided by the tartar and gum tissues enable these destructive invaders to grow and thrive.
The Consequences Of Untreated Periodontal Disease
The resulting infection can wreak havoc in your pet’s mouth, leading to loss of teeth, serious cavities, cracked, broken, and blackened teeth, painful, bleeding, and swollen gums, terrible breath, and problems with chewing and eating due to oral pain and discomfort. Left untreated long enough, the infection can worsen and spread, affecting internal organs including the heart, kidneys, liver, and lungs, causing serious and potentially fatal damage.
The best way to prevent periodontal disease from developing and causing health problems in your pet is by having your local veterinarian perform regular dental examinations and teeth cleanings at least once a year. Early detection and intervention are absolutely essential for keeping periodontitis from becoming a serious health threat to your pet.