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Does my pet really need a dental cleaning? Yes, at least once a year. Dental health is just as important for dogs and cats as it is for people. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and expensive oral surgery. Bacteria can also cause serious and potentially fatal infections in your pet's kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. Did you know that a recent study by the American Veterinary Dental Society found that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three? Some common signs of oral disease include: • Bad breath • Inflamed Gums • Abnormal drooling 100 | SignatureMT Pet Dental Care It's More Important an You ink! Pet Health 101 Text by Dawn Milligan's | Photography by John Mack Dogs start out with 28 deciduous (baby) teeth. By six months of age, these fall out and are replaced by 42 permanent teeth. Much like your own routine dental visits, a professional pet dental cleaning involves thorough scaling and close inspection of the teeth, gums and mouth and polishing of the teeth.

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