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Bacteria: A Cause of Plaque and Tartar Buildup in Dogs and Cats

Dental problems are exceeding common problems that veterinarians have to deal with.

The majority of dental problems occur during adulthood and into old age of our pets.

Bad breath, discoloured teeth, deposits on the surfaces of the teeth, or red and irritated gums; these are all signs of dental problems.

All these conditions have a common factor – Bacteria.

Bacteria play a major role in the formation of plaque and tartar, living on remnants of food in the mouth.

When saliva and bacteria combine on food debris in the channel between the tooth and gum, plaque forms and builds upon the tooth. Bacteria continues to grow in the plaque.
Calcium salts are deposited and plaque hardens to become a limestone-like material called tartar.

The bacteria starts to work their way between the gums and teeth. This causes the gum and the bony structures of the jaw to separate from the teeth.

 

Now we have periodontal disease.

Without treatment, pockets of bacteria build up below the gum line and form abscesses.

Pockets of pus or abscesses may appear along the gumline and start to separate the tooth from the gum. This allows more food and bacteria to accumulate, and the process gets worse.

Periodontal disease is severe and is irreversible.

Thorough plaque control is needed to prevent progression of the disease.

Periodontal disease causes:

  • red, swollen, tender gums
  • receding gums
  • bleeding gums
  • oral pain and dysfunction
  • bad breath.

 

Happy Pitbull in leavesRegretfully, the problem does not limit itself to the dog’s mouth. Irritated and weakened gums allow bacteria to cross into the bloodstream. Bacteria is carried through the body, potentially infecting internal organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. Oral disease may also negatively affect your pet’s behaviour and sociability.

The good news is that oral disease is primarily preventable.

A complete dental care program helps prevent oral disease. This includes good professional dental care, and proper home care and nutrition.

Your pet is never too old to begin a pet dental care routine. Start yours with easy to administer PlaqueOff Animal.

100% natural PlaqueOff Animal reverses plaque and tartar buildup right to the gum line.

Unlike other methods of plaque control, PlaqueOff Animal works systemically i.e. through the bloodstream. It affects the ability of plaque to ‘stick’ to surfaces in the mouth and softens hard tartar deposits as your pet’s saliva washes over their teeth. Improvements should start to be seen between 3 and 8 weeks.

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