- Why is it important to examine your pet's mouth?
Dental calculus (tartar) is composed of various mineral salts, organic material and food particles. In the early stages of accumulation, the material is soft (plaque), but it later hardens and adhere to the teeth. Continual accumulation causes inflammation of the gums and eventual recession of the gums and loss of teeth. The breath becomes very odorous and the mouth becomes a dangerous source of infection.
Untreated tooth and gum disease may allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the valves of the heart. - How do you protect your pet from a dirty mouth?