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Preventing Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Cats

Preventing Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Cats

We all know how important it is to take care of our teeth, and we've all heard about the danger of tartar and gum disease. But did you know that the same applies to dogs and cats? It's true! Pet dental health is directly linked to a host of other diseases and complications, which means that protecting oral health is vital for maintaining overall health.

More than 85% of dogs and cats older than four years of age have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can become very serious and even life-threatening, so prevention is key!

Periodontal Disease in Pets

Here's how periodontal disease starts: Plaque accumulates on your pet's teeth throughout the day due to a combination of food, saliva, and bacteria. If the plaque is not removed, it will build up, mineralize, and harden into calculus (tartar). As the calculus traps more food, toxins are released into the gum tissue, which can lead to infection and pus in the gums. This material can then enter your pet's bloodstream through the damaged gum tissue and travel to the heart valves, kidneys, and liver. This is where the bacteria can cause serious damage.

Proper Cat and Dog Dental Care

It's important to take care of your pet's dental health on a regular basis. Bringing your pet to the veterinarian for periodic dental cleanings is vital for removing plaque and calculus, but at-home dental care is also important!


The materials and information provided on this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your veterinarian or other pet healthcare professional. Consult your own veterinarian if you have medical questions concerning diagnosis, treatment, therapy, or medical attention.

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By Carole & Bob McGann  |  Feb 22, 2019
We have been using Dental Defense on our 5 pound Yorkie for about six months now and it is great! She is 6 years old and we had her teeth cleaned last year and it was quite pricey and didn't want to repeat that expense as our dog won't let us brush her teeth without breaking her neck to do so! I researched the next best thing to brushing. Tried the additives for water but that did not work. Came across Dental Defense on Amazon and have been so happy with it. Our dogs (have a second Yorkie now) and they both use it. Sprinkle it on their food and they love it. Their breath is good and the plaque is none existent and we want to keep it that way. I buy the large size and make sure not to run out. Great product.
Owner Response: Thank you very much for your review. I am going to add it to he product page also. We are so glad you like Dental Defense!

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