Your pets depend on their teeth to eat and chew properly and routine oral health care is the key to maintaining good teeth and gums.
The constant buildup of plaque and bacteria will lead to calculus formation and inflammation of the gums. Even a freshly cleaned or brushed tooth can attract bacteria and proteins from saliva. This forms plaque that coats the teeth in thicker and thicker layers. Plaque is soft, off-white, and can be easily wiped or brushed away. If nothing is done within 48 to 72 hours, calculus is deposited on this plaque film and the result is calculus, a hard yellow-brown crust that cannot be wiped or brushed off. In turn calculus leads to loose, painful teeth and bad breath.
In addition, the toxins from periodontal disease
are a huge burden on the immune system. Some of the bacteria
infecting the mouth can work its way into the bloodstream and may
infect the heart, liver and kidneys, creating micro-abscesses. This
low-grade chronic infection accelerates the aging process –
potentially stealing years from your pet's life. Because of the
serious complications of dental disease, we encourage regular
brushing of your dogs teeth and regular cleaning and scaling.
Oral hygiene has perhaps been the most
neglected area of pet health care. Less than 4% of pet owners brush
their pet's teeth. Yet it is estimated that 90% of pets over 2 years
of age have significant mouth disease and 50% of them require immediate
Regardless of your pet's age, it is never too late to get started with good oral home care.
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