Did you know that periodontal disease in dogs and cats is the number one problem in pet dentistry? Studies show that by 2-3 years of age that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some level of periodontal disease. That’s 8 out of 10 dogs, and 7 out of 10 cats that have an oral infection or some other disease process going on in their mouth. And the sad part is dogs and cats are good at hiding mouth pain and often go through silent suffering.
Periodontal disease/infection can lead to a systemic (whole-body) infection which has been linked to heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and respiratory disease in dogs and cats. In people, in addition to the above, it has also been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive impairment, obesity, pneumonia, and metabolic syndrome, and the list keeps growing. A recent publication in the Journal of Science Advances suggests a link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s disease, as bacteria involved in gum disease were found in Alzheimer’s patients’ cerebral spinal fluid.