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Your Pet’s Dirty Teeth Could Be Killing Him!

Do you know the second most common ailment seen by vets in America? 

If you guessed dental issues, or periodontal disease, you would be 100% correct!  The question is, why?  Why are so many pets suffering from a preventable disease?  More importantly, why are pets dying from a preventable disease?

Dirty Teeth are a Threat to Your Pet’s Life

Periodontal disease is defined as the inflammation of the gums.  Inflammation is only the beginning.  The progression of periodontal disease is as follows:

  1. Food, saliva, and bacteria become built-up on the teeth, called plaque.
  2. If left on the teeth, plaque turns into hardened, calcified tartar.
  3. Body reacts to the excessive bacteria, sending white blood cells to fight infection in the gums and causing gingivitis.
  4. Swollen, bloody gums, loose teeth and foul smelling breath have now escalated your pet’s condition to periodontal disease.

With the body in a nonstop fight with the infection in the gums, your pets’ immune system can falter, leaving them susceptible to other illnesses and infections.  His body is distracted, so to speak, fighting the severe infection of periodontal disease that it cannot properly fight off colds, infections and other bacteria attacking his body.

This bacteria on the teeth and under the gum line is continuously flushed through your pet’s blood steam.  Studies are now finding that this continuous flush of bacteria is causing serious damage to organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys.  This link between periodontal disease and organ damage has been made in humans years ago, but is only now being discovered for our pets.

The good news?

Yes, there is good news in all of this.  This progression of bacteria and disease is completely preventable.  Proper, routine dental health is key in eliminating plaque, therefor ridding the chances of tartar buildup and infection of the gums.  Introduce teeth cleaning routines to your pet, both cats and dogs, at an early age.  It is easier to keep clean teeth clean than to reverse the damage.  However, reversing the damage is possible, too, and requires only regular, routine brushing and cleanings, as well as a professional cleaning, in some cases.

Don’t let your pet’s dental heath go by the wayside.  Talk to your vet about cleaning techniques and other ways to keep your pets’ mouth healthy!

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