Dental disease is the most common health issue diagnosed in pets and the majority of pets have some form of dental disease by the age of three. Effects of dental disease are not limited to changes within your pet’s mouth, but can also cause issues with their heart, liver and kidneys.
Started early, at home dental care can help slow the progression of dental disease. There are many options available for at home care with twice daily brushing being the most effective. The Veterinary Oral Health Council has added information about dental disease as well as a list of accepted dental products.
Professional dental cleanings under anesthesia are the only way to remove current disease, assess for painful disease below the gum line, and to screen for oral cancer. Along with at-home dental care, professional dental cleanings performed at least annually is the most effective way to manage dental disease in pets.