Jan 15 2017

Pet Parents: Did You Know?

CALLING ALL PET PARENTS – Have you ever thought about how your pets use their mouths to pick things up in the same way as we use our hands?

pet chewingFACT: 90% of all dogs and cats over 3 years of age have gum disease – read on to find out more about the causes of this preventable disease. To schedule your pet’s professional dental prophylaxis call us on 727-546-0005

DID YOU KNOW that plaque and tartar are two different things but can both lead to periodontal disease, which in turn can contribute to heart, liver or kidney disease?


  • Plaque is a soft film of bacteria that forms on the teeth within 24 hours of the teeth being cleaned.
  • There are approximately 300 million bacteria that live in your pet’s mouth.
  • Accumulation of plaque is the leading cause of gum disease which is also known as gingivitis.


  • Tartar is hardened plaque and is created by minerals in the saliva building up on your pet’s teeth.
  • Tartar can begin to form within 3 days of your pets dental cleaning and also contributes to the development of gingivitis.


  • Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum line.
  • The first sign of gingivitis is bleeding when brushing or probing, followed by color change of the gums themselves.
  • Once plaque begins to form if can take as little as three weeks to build up and cause inflammation and redness.

Watch this video clip to learn more about keeping your pets’ pearly whites in tip top shape!



jgodfrey | Pet Care, Pet Health

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