The most common dental problem found in pets is called periodontal disease. This disease affects the gums and other tissues around the teeth, instead of the teeth themselves. About 75% of all dental problems are serious enough to be seen by a veterinarian, and almost all tooth loss is the result of periodontal disease.

Follow these tips for good oral hygiene:

  • Feed at least some hard food, which will provide a cleaning action.
  • Have teeth examined at least once every year for tartar buildup. Pets vary considerably in the amount of tartar that accumulates.
  • Use a pet dentrifice on a regular basis. We will be happy to recommend what is best for your pet. Pet toothpaste is available. Human toothpaste should not be used since it can be toxic if swallowed.