How does my pet develop calculus?
- The constant buildup of plaque and bacteria will lead to calculus formation and inflammation of the gums. Even a freshly cleaned or brushed tooth can attract bacteria and proteins from saliva. This forms plaque that coats the teeth in thicker and thicker layers. Plaque is soft, off-white, and can be easily wiped or brushed away. If nothing is done within 48 to 72 hours, calculus is deposited on this plaque film and the result is calculus, a hard yellow-brown crust that cannot be wiped or brushed off. In turn calculus leads to gingivitis and periodontal disease, which can cause tooth loss, painful gums and bad breath.
- In addition, the toxins from periodontal disease are a huge burden on the immune system. Some of the bacteria infecting the mouth can work its way into the bloodstream and may infect the heart, liver and kidneys, creating micro- abscesses. This low-grade chronic infection accelerates the aging process – potentially stealing years from your pet’s life. Because of the serious complications of dental disease, we encourage regular brushing of your pet´s teeth and regular cleaning and scaling.
- Oral hygiene has perhaps been the most neglected area of pet health care. Less than 4% of pet owners brush their pet’s teeth. Yet it is estimated that 90% of pets over 2 years of age have significant mouth disease and 50% of them require immediate attention.
- Regardless of your pet’s age, it is never too late to get started with good oral home care.