Dental hygiene is one of the most important aspects of pet care.

Many guardians go to great lengths to provide the best foods, tasty treats, and fun toys, but forget about their companions' mouths. Keeping your dog or cat's teeth and gums healthy will go a long way to preventing not only bad breath, periodontal disease, and an uncomfortable or even painful mouth, but also more serious chronic conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, heart conditions and joint problems.

A healthy canine or feline mouth is teeming with bacteria most of which are normal and natural. It is important to control plaque buildup in order to ensure most of these bacteria are healthy bacteria. Plaque is a mixture of bacteria, saliva components, and remnants of epithelial cells and white blood cells along with some broken down food particles. It is sticky and should be removed from the teeth daily. When not removed, plaque becomes tartar (or calculus) as mineral deposits and organic material build up and harden on the teeth. Tartar generally looks like a yellow-brown layer of the teeth

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The information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local veterinarian.