Why Dental Care Is So Important for Pets
Neglecting your pet’s oral hygiene can lead to localized pain and tooth loss, but it can also harm a pet’s general health. When left unattended, plaque and tartar accumulate on the surface of the teeth, creating pockets between the gums and teeth where harmful bacteria thrive. This bacterial infection of the gums is called periodontal disease or gum disease, and it’s a serious problem for pets.
Left untreated, the bacteria from gum disease can eventually deteriorate the ligaments that hold teeth in place and even a pet’s jawbone, leading to weakness and future fractures. In the spirit of preventing health problems before they arise, it’s best to talk with our veterinarian about dental care for your pet before they develop any of these signs and symptoms. The bacteria from periodontal disease can even enter the bloodstream, travel throughout the body, harm vital organs, and eventually lead to death.