Dental disease is really common in our pets, with 87% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3 being affected. As well as causing mouth pain and early tooth loss, the bacteria in a diseased mouth can also cause havoc in the rest of the body, leading to heart, liver and kidney problems.
Daily tooth brushing is by far the best way to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy, and it’s not as hard as you might think! Most pets can be trained to accept tooth brushing using positive reinforcement, particularly if you start when they are young.
Once gingivitis and periodontal disease have set in, a full clean of the teeth and under the gum line, is needed to get back on track. This will involve a general anaesthetic as a thorough scale like this is uncomfortable for your pet, and they will not be willing to sit still with their mouth open for it!