Maintaining your pet’s dental hygiene is a very important part of looking after their overall health. Good dental hygiene can help to prevent the development of future health complications such as heart, liver, and kidney disease, and yet it was reported by the American Veterinary Association (2012) that 70% of cats and 80% of dogs in the USA showed signs of gum disease by the age of three.
The reason poor dental hygiene can contribute to the development of other problems is that when plaque builds up on the teeth, this turns into tartar or calculus. These areas grow bacteria and eat away at the teeth and gums. These bacteria can cause disease in the mouth and also affect other parts of the body.