Just like humans, pets need their teeth cared for too. Using proper brushing and cleaning, you can save your pet from dental disease. By starting a regular tooth brushing program early, it will be easier for both you and your pet. Without regular brushing, your pet could develop tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Plaque forms on the teeth between brushings. It is kind of gooey and is a mixture of bacteria, saliva and food. If not removed, it hardens to form tarter, which is much harder to remove. If tarter builds up too much, it can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, which makes the gums turn red and become inflamed. At this point, you might start to notice bad breath and a decreased appetite.
If the tarter is not removed, it can build up under the gum line and cause an infection. At this point, your pet has periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, abscesses and even bone loss. If the infection is not taken care of promptly, it can lead to heart and liver failure.
How do you prevent Periodontal Disease?
Preventing Periodontal Disease is quite easy. With regular veterinarian visits and daily toothbrushing, your pet will be problem free.