Feline And Canine Dental Problems
Dental disease is extremely common in our canine and feline companions. It is estimated that over 80% of pets over the age of three have gum disease. Dogs tend to be affected earlier in life than cats.
Dental disease happens when bacteria build up on the teeth. Those nice pearly whites become caked in tartar or plaque, giving them a yellowish hue. As the bacteria proliferate under the tartar, they eat away into the gum and the tooth. The gums become red and inflamed, causing gingivitis.
Gingivitis can eventually destroy tooth roots or cause mouth abscesses if left untreated, often necessitating tooth removal. In the worst cases, some animals have suffered broken jaws as a result of dental disease. Antibiotics are generally required to help treat the infection in the mouth.