Oral hygiene is an often-overlooked but important factor in your pet’s overall health. If your dog or cat has a toothache or sore gums, they are dealing with pain and stress that you may not even know about. If left untreated the bacteria that is introduced by the problem can enter the bloodstream and affect your pet’s heart, kidneys, or liver. Veterinarians report that an estimated 85% of dogs age four or older are suffering from some form of periodontal disease that can lead to tooth loss and infection. All of these problems are preventable with regular dental cleanings and professional checkups.