Gum disease is an infection that begins with dental plaque resulting in pain, bad breath, tooth loss and gum irritation. By leaving it untreated, this disease can result in liver, heart and kidney disease. It is recommended that all your pets have a dental exam and cleaning once every 1-3 years. 

Another option to prevent gum disease in your pets is by brushing your pet's teeth daily with a soft toothbrush and pet toothpaste. There are also chew toys and formulated diets to help prevent plaque build up.