Our pets need dental care, just like people do. Without it, they quickly develop dental health problems. Unfortunately, most pet owners aren’t aware that they should be caring for their pets’ teeth. As a result, an estimated 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over age three have already developed some form of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that occurs when plaque and tartar are allowed to accumulate. This oral infection can cause painful symptoms and lead to tooth loss. Additionally, bacteria from periodontal disease can enter a pet’s bloodstream where it damages the lungs, heart, liver, and kidneys. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause systemic illnesses that lead to an early death.