Treating the early signs of dental disease in pets is less expensive for you, less painful and less distressing for your pet, and it can help prevent tooth loss and possible systemic diseases.
What causes oral disease?
Step 1 - A soft sticky film called plaque forms in the mouth. Plaque consists of food debris, bacteria and saliva.
Step 2 - If plaque is not removed, a hard material called tartar may begin to form. Tartar can irritate the gums and further encourage the growth of plaque.
Step 3 - If both plaque and tartar are allowed to build up, this can lead to gingivitis, causing painful inflammation along the gum line.
Step 4 - Left untreated, gingivitis will eventually lead to periodontal disease, which can cause pain, tooth loss and severe infection. As periodontal disease progresses, the gums recede, allowing bacteria to travel into the bloodstream and throughout the body, which could lead to other serious problems.
Oral health is important to overall health
As with people, dental disease is a vital part of your dog’s overall health plan. Poor oral health can lead to a build-up of harmful bacteria, which can cause tooth decay, painful sores and other issues. As the disease progresses, the gums recede, which allows bacteria to travel into the blood stream and throughout the body. This increases the risk of systemic health problems such as kidney or heart disease.