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Periodontal Disease Prevention In Pets

"Sound Medicine" regular Elizabeth Murphy, DVM, discusses the importance of brushing your pet’s teeth. Periodontal disease has been affecting humans and pets alike for hundreds of years. However, the link between periodontal disease and overall health problems in pets is not widely known. According to Dr. Murphy, periodontal disease causes gum inflammation, odor and potential loss of teeth. Periodontal disease is also linked to the development of heart and kidney disease in dogs and cats. Dr. Murphy recommends brushing your pet’s teeth every two to three days with a finger brush and pet-approved toothpaste.