The Most Common Dental Illness In Dogs and Cats

The most common dental illness in dogs and cats

Periodontosis is the most common dental illness in dogs and cats. In case your pet is three years old, there are likely to be early signs of periodontosis, which will worsen with age if effective preventive measures are not taken.

Early detection and treatment are crucial, as advanced periodontitis could cause severe problems and pain in your pet. Periodontal disease does not only affect the mouth of your pet.

Proper Dog Dental Cleaning

Other health problems related to periodontitis include changes to the kidney, liver and heart muscle. Brushing your teeth daily promotes oral health and avoids potentially costly operations.

Dogs and cats’ teeth should also include additional stroking on the palate / lingual surface – inside – of the teeth. The accumulation of plaque and tartar may also be prevented by feeding your pet a special diet or weight loss plan specifically designed to keep up oral health.


Pet Plaque and Tartar Control


The palate / lingual surfaces must not be cleaned in VOHC studies, as this standardized test model would risk unintentional strokes on the buccal surface of the teeth.

It starts with the hardening of plaque to tartar. Tartar above the gums is often straightforward to detect and remove, but plaque and tartar below the gums are harmful and prepare the ground for an infection.

This will promote damage to the jawbone and tissue that connects the tooth to the jawbone. Periodontal disease is graded on a scale of 0 (regular) to 4 (extreme).

The Routine and Right Brush

As usual with companion animals, all teeth (and ideally all surfaces of all teeth) should be brushed daily. There’s even special toothpaste for pets that tastes like beef, chicken, fish and peanut butter. (Note: Never use human toothpaste, which may contain ingredients including xylitol, which is poisonous to animals.)


Early detection of your pet’s dental disease is crucial. If left untreated, it causes chronic pain and inflammation. To prevent dental diseases before they adversely affect your pet’s quality of life, VOHC recommends any brushing activity, used regularly, which is healthier than no brushing exercise.