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Your Pet Probably Has Dental Disease

Pet dental disease is the most common and preventable health condition for pets. They start out with beautiful, shiny white teeth. But by age three, nearly 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of dental disease. This can lead to more severe health problems.

Pets need dental care just like people. Without regular cleanings, plaque begins to build up on the teeth. Plaque is a nasty, sticky film caused by bacteria in the mouth. As plaque forms on the teeth, it irritates the gum tissue, causing red or swollen gums. Eventually, minerals in the saliva will harden the plaque into tartar.

Bacteria and plaque build-up on your pet’s teeth that isn’t removed through at-home brushings will mean bad breath and tartar are definitely in your pet’s future. Regular dental cleanings by veterinary professionals can reduce your pet’s risk for developing gingivitis, a painful inflammation of the gums, periodontal disease, and avoid tooth loss. Pets with periodontal disease are at risk for developing heart, liver or kidney disease .

if your pet has bad breath, red or swollen gums, missing, loose or cracked teeth or has experienced a recent change in appetite or trouble eating, it’s time for a trip to AZPetVet.

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Happy Valley Animal Hospital’s Dr. Victor Saltzman explains that about 50% of pets that come in their Glendale pet dental & veterinary clinic have dental disease. About 80% of the time the dog dental disease cannot be seen from just a regular exam.

Without proper dog dental cleaning or chewing the bacteria-filled tarter turns into a hard cement-like material coating your dogs teeth. The bacteria then gets under their gums and can causes abscesses. Additionally, the bacteria can get into your pets bloodstream and cause problems with their internal organs, which could reduce your pets life by up to 25 percent.

The good news is that you can help to prevent pet dental disease with proper canine dental cleaning at your local Arizona pet dental and veterinary clinic.