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Dental Health Facts

Dental Health is important for a healthy lifestyle.

dogteethWe all know how important it is to brush our teeth and see the dentist, but did you know that it’s just as important for your pet too?  The health of your pet’s mouth, teeth and gums is very important in making sure they are living a happy, healthy life.  Here are the facts:

      • Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable.  By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease.*
      • Studies by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) reveal that nearly two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care recommended by veterinarians**
      • If plaque is left undisturbed, the gum disease gingivitis develops***
      • Dental disease in pets can cause bad breath, heart disease, behavioral changes and weight loss, and may cause damage to the kidney, pancreas, joints or nervous system 
      • Gingivitis can be reduced or prevented by the regular removal of plaque from the teeth***
      • Regular brushing can remove up to 45% of the plaque on your dog or cat’s teeth

As you can see, keeping your pet’s mouth healthy and clean is crucial to their overall health and well-being.  The good news is there are many things that you can do to prevent dental disease in your dog or cat.  Visit the Dental Health page for more information on how to keep track of your pet’s dental health, and then visit our Tips for Success page to find out how you can take daily action to keep their mouth clean and healthy.

 

References and Citations:

*American Veterinary Dental College http://www.avdc.org/periodontaldisease.html
** AAHA – HealthyPet.com http://www.healthypet.com/PetCare/PetCareArticle.aspx?title=AAHA_Dental_Care_Guidelines
***K.E. Ingham and C. Gorrel, Journel of Small Animal Practice, 2001

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