Dogs start out with 28 deciduous (baby) teeth, cats start out with 26 deciduous teeth. By six months of age, these baby teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth, 42 in the dog and 30 in the cat.
80% of dogs and 70% of cats are estimated to have dental disease by age 3.
Dental disease not only causes bad breath, but it leads to pain, infection, tooth loss, bone loss and jaw fractures, painful abscesses and eventually can even result in injury to your pet’s internal organs. The importance of dental care can’t be stressed enough!
Plaque and dental tartar may contain up to 100,000,000,000 bacteria per gram!! That’s a WHOLE lot of bacteria that may be harbored in your pet’s mouth waiting to cause disease and decay!
Regular and professional dental care is key to maintaining good oral health.
Due to pre-screening, advanced monitoring techniques, and today’s safer anesthetics, dental procedures have never been safer.
Routine home care in conjunction with professional cleaning is important for best results.While plaque can be brushed away with routine home care, tartar removal requires a professional dental cleaning. Plaque turns into tartar within 48 hours, so to make a difference teeth need to be brushed every day.
To brush your pets teeth at home, you may use a thin cloth around your finger, finger toothbrush, or dental wipes such as Oraclens wipes, which can make brushing much easier. Any toothpaste made for dogs and cats is fine to use, but avoid human toothpaste as it contains flouride that can be toxic if swallowed.