ARE YOUR PET'S TEETH HEALTHY?
Consider how important your pet's teeth are. Next, consider that 85% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal disease. This is a disease that can cause the animal to lose teeth, destroy part of the jawbone and can be a serious threat to the animal's overall health. This is why it is important to be on the lookout for dental problems in your pet. Healthy teeth and gums are an important part of your pet's total well-being.
Most dental diseases are caused by deposits of plaque, an accumulation of old cells, saliva and bacteria that builds up on the teeth. As plaque hardens, it turns to tartar or calculus which appears as a brownish, foul-smelling material on the teeth.
If allowed to progress, tartar build-up can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, which can cause bad breath. Gingivitis can be the early stage of periodontitis. Periodontitis is the break-down of periodontal tissues that secure the teeth to the bone and gum tissue. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause a pet to lose it's teeth.