By age three, 80% of dogs show signs of oral disease. In cats, 70% have oral disease by the age of three. In 2013 over 11 million dollars was spent on pet dental conditions. Hopefully your alarm is sounding and you are concerned that you also will likely be spending money on your pet’s oral health.
52% of all dental conditions are the result of periodontal disease. This is when residual food, bacteria, and tarter collect in the spaces between the gum and you pet’s tooth. This then causes infection and this can spread to the bone and be life threatening.
It really isn’t difficult to perform preventative oral care that can save you money now and later. It’s simple start brushing your pet’s teeth. Everyday would be ultimate however if you keep in mind that tarter and plaque start building every 3 days you can get in the habit of minimally brushing every other day. The average annual savings is $170 for teeth cleaning per pet. This number escalates very fast when there is a tooth related disease which can cost hundreds and even over $1000 if extractions are necessary.
The most important thing you can do is brush your pet’s teeth. Some breeds are actually prone to gum disease and recession. If you have a breed that is you will likely need to take extra care to prevent the inevitable. Do select the correct kind of tooth paste or gel. One that contains chlorhexidine gluconate is preferred to typical enzymatic pastes that can actually accelerate gum recession. Human tooth care products are not healthy for your pet. It is not safe for your pet to swallow and ingest regular tooth paste. Always use a soft bristled brush. The most common sign that your pet has a dental disease is bad breath.