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Q. Do dog and cats need dental cleaning?

Answered By
DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS

A. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats. Bad breath is the first indication that your pet may be have dental disease. Plaque is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth and this hardens to form tartar. Both tartar and plaque can continue to grow in the mouth and cause issues both above and below the visible gumline.

Without proper treatment, such as a dental cleaning this can cause both problems with the oral cavity, such as root abscesses, tooth decay or even discomfort with eating. In addition, this may lead to damage to other internal organs in your pet’s body. Your veterinarian can access how severe your pet’s dental disease is by evaluating the amount of tartar and plaque or gingivitis present. A thorough dental scaling and polishing is completed under anesthesia. For more information check out: http://bit.ly/1uLqBzO


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