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Like people, dental disease in your favorite furry friend begins with the build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth. With over 80% of household dogs and cats experiencing dental disease today, here are a few important things to know about the most common dental disease and how you can help keep your pet healthy. 

What is Periodontal Disease?

It has been estimated that roughly 80% of dogs over the age of three and 70% of cats over the age of two suffer from periodontal disease. To put it simply, periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease associated with the four tissues surrounding the teeth, most commonly known as the periodontium. It can range anywhere from slight inflammation or, if left untreated, decay of both the tooth and bone.

How can I prevent build-up?

Luckily, if started early enough, you can help prevent the mineralization of plaque and tartar on your pet’s teeth. The most efficient method is a thorough brushing with specially formulated toothpaste for your dog or cat. Chew toys and dry foods also help prevent any build-up on the teeth. 

Should we visit the clinic?

The short answer, yes. We recommend a routine cleaning for your pet at least twice a year to prevent any dental disease and check for other dental issues, such as fractured teeth. During routine cleanings, the vet will place your pet under anesthesia and check for build-up around the teeth and below the gum line. After accessing your pet’s mouth, they will begin scaling the teeth, removing any build-up. 

If you haven’t already, give us a call to set up your pet’s dental cleaning today. Let us help keep your furry friend’s teeth pearly white and healthy!

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