Promoting Oral Health with Cat & Dog Teeth Cleaning in Chadds Ford, PA
What Problems Can Dental Disease Cause in Cats and Dogs?
Dental disease is a blanket term for several different oral conditions. In the beginning stages of disease, it’s common for cats and dogs to have halitosis or bad breath. Yet, as the disease progresses, it can cause more serious conditions that can result in oral discomfort and even affect your pet’s systemic health.
Problems dental disease causes include:
Gingivitis is a disease that causes gum inflammation and results in redness and bleeding
Periodontal disease refers to plaque and tartar buildup below the gumline which, over time, can cause root damage, tooth damage, and even jaw damage.
Loose, broken teeth
Periodontal disease breaks down the roots and bone of teeth, making them weak and easily damaged.
Heart, liver, and kidney disease
If disease is allowed to progress, bacteria from the plaque and tartar in the mouth could leak into the bloodstream and affect vital organs including the heart, liver, and kidneys.