Plaque is essentially a film of bacteria that lays atop and within each crevice of your teeth. Now, imagine what would happen if you let this plaque build up for months, years, or longer. If you don’t brush your pet’s teeth, this is basically what happens to their mouth. When our cats and dogs don’t get the proper dental cleaning that they need, the plaque on their teeth can harden and begin to form tartar. Tartar is a hard, calcified form of the bacteria on teeth and can lead to gum disease, inflammation, and discomfort for your pet.
In addition to the pain it may cause them, it can significantly shorten their life. That’s because cats and dogs’ mouths are pathways to their circulatory system. Whatever bacteria enters their mouth could, in turn, enter their blood as well. This can lead to issues like heart disease, bone loss, and more.
It’s important to bring your pet in for a dental visit at least once a year to ensure their oral cavity is in good health. At Monroe Animal Health, we provide comfortable and relaxing dental care for even the most anxious of patients.