Dental health/hygiene is one of the most overlooked medical issues affecting the health of your pet. The AAHA estimates that over 60% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 have dental disease. Without regular tooth brushing or other interventions, plaque and tartar build up on your pets teeth. This ultimately leads to gingivitis, bone and tooth loss and possibly even systemic infection. Routine evaluations by your vet can help to identify problems in the mouth and develop a preventative dental care plan. If not addressed, most pets will need to have their teeth professionally scaled under anesthesia.