What is Dental Disease, and Why is Prevention So Important?
Most dogs and cats start developing dental disease around 3 years of age. Dental disease occurs when plaque accumulates on the teeth, hardens into tartar, and releases infectious bacteria into the mouth and under the gums. In addition to destroying gum tissue and infecting the roots of the teeth, dental disease can also result in bacteria from the mouth entering the bloodstream and spreading infection to the heart, liver, and/or kidneys.
Preventing dental disease altogether in your pet can save them from oral pain, tooth loss, and heart, liver, or kidney disease. This, in turn, can allow your pet to live a healthier and longer life.