Dental disease is the most common illness in dogs and cats yet often goes untreated. Dental disease is now linked to liver, kidney and heart disease thus showing the importance of good oral health. Many pets suffer from chronic pain due to gingivitis, periodontal disease, broken teeth and abscesses. Age, breed, anatomy, diet and oral care all contribute to a patients susceptibility to dental disease. Signs of dental disease may include bad breath, discolored teeth, gum redness and swelling, loose or missing teeth, change in eating behavior and swelling around the muzzle or jaw.