Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition noted in dogs and cats. By age 3, almost all dogs and cats have some form of dental disease. Dental disease starts with bacteria in the mouth that quickly forms into plaque and tartar that coats the teeth and spreads under the gum lines. This is where dental disease starts to play a significant role in the overall health of your pet. Bad breath is only the surface of the problem occurring in your best friend’s mouth. Gum recession and bone loss start to occur and cause teeth to become diseased, loose, abscessed, or lost. The bacteria built up in the mouth can actually make its way into the bloodstream causing life threatening disease of the heart, kidneys, and liver.