In this article I would like to address the very common problem of dental disease in pets. Some form of dental disease is present in over 80 percent of my patients. It ranges from mild gingivitis to severe periodontal disease.

Dental disease is a leading cause of illness in dogs and cats either directly by causing pain or indirectly by providing a constant source of bacterial infection to the body. Infection resulting from the bacteria that gains entrance to the bloodstream is directly responsible for some types of heart and kidney disease. We all know how painful a toothache can be; imagine having disease around almost all of your teeth.