Dietary Influences on Periodontal Health in Dogs and Cats

      Oral disease is common in dogs and cats, and factors related to oral health are the most common diagnoses in dogs and cats of all age categories. Oral diseases can be subdivided into conditions that affect the tooth, the periodontal apparatus, or other oral tissues. Nutrition, through nutrient composition and kibble esthetics, plays a key role in tooth development, gingival and oral tissue integrity, bone strength, and the prevention and management of oral and dental diseases. Periodontal disease is the principal cause of tooth loss in dogs and cats and is the focus of this article. The major oral health success story of the past 50 years is that periodontal disease can be prevented by a combination of individual and professional measures.
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