Dental diseases are commonly found in both cats and dogs. Most pets that do not see a vet often suffer from a degree of periodontal disease. Cats and dogs that have dental lesions experience significant pain as it progressively destroys the structure of the teeth and pain sets in.
Main Symptoms of Dental Disease
Food particles that mix with saliva cause plaque which in turn attracts bacteria that builds up on clean teeth in a few hours. Plaque can harden as well to form tartar within a few days. Within the plaque is bacteria that causes infection and inflammation of the gums and can potentially spread deeper into mouth tissue and even penetrates the underlying bone. Teeth can also loosen and fall out. Dental disease affects more than teeth but over time impact the liver, kidneys and heart as well.