Many years ago, the American Veterinary Medical Association dedicated February to promoting dental health in pets. When I am in the clinic working with animals, most dogs and cats I see over the age of four have some sort of dental problem. In dogs, I see chipped teeth, inflamed gums and lots of tartar on the teeth, especially on the back molars. Beside the problems listed above, cats also suffer from a disease called feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORL’s). These destroy teeth. The following picture shows a FORL in the lower canine (fang) that has destroyed the base of the tooth.
Since dental disease is painful and affects general health, it is important to keep your pet’s teeth clean.