Have you noticed that your pet has bad breath? Just like people, dogs and cats need regular dental care to maintain their teeth as well as their overall health. Bacteria can begin to collect in your pet’s mouth, even as young as one year of age. Left unchecked, these bacteria lead to plaque and tartar buildup that can result in not only bad breath, but damaged teeth and gums and even kidney and heart disease. Prevention of problems is generally much less expensive than treatment, and this is especially true when it comes to your pet’s oral hygiene. Our doctor likes to start dental care early in the life of your furry friend, to eliminate bacteria and plaque. Dental care begins with an examination of the mouth, as well as cleaning and polishing just like you experience at your dentist. Our doctor can also recommend special diets, treats and cleaning at home that prevent plaque and tartar and can lead to healthier teeth and gums and lead to a longer life for your pet.