The same goes for animals, especially for your furry friends. The mouth contains a variety of bacteria that can cause plaque to build up on your pet’s teeth, just as it does on yours. However, you likely brush your teeth frequently to avoid buildup and discoloration. Pets can’t do this themselves, and they need a little extra help.
When left untreated, your dog or cat’s plaque can turn into tartar. Tartar is essentially a hardened version of plaque that contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. When tartar is on your pet’s teeth for an extended time, it can even lead to health issues like heart disease and bone weakness. This is because your four-legged best friend’s mouth is connected directly to their circulatory system. The bacteria from the tartar in their mouth can enter their blood and cause avoidable issues.