Just like people, pets often have problems with gum disease and plaque and tartar build-up on their teeth. In fact, by three years of age a majority of dogs and cats will have mild-to-moderate dental disease that would benefit from a comprehensive oral examination and treatment performed under general anesthesia. Left untreated, dental disease can lead to more serious health complications, some of which may extend far beyond your pet’s teeth. For many reasons, it truly is important to include dental care as part of your pet’s overall preventive health care program.
The benefits of routine dental hygiene include reduced bad breath, better overall health, decreased pain, increased longevity, and reduced pet health care bills down the road.