- Dental caries (non-human)
Dental caries, also known as tooth decay, is uncommon among companion animals. Although rarely seen in cats, the incidence of caries in dogs has been estimated at approximately 5%. Dogs are less likely than humans to have tooth decay due to the very high pH of dog saliva, which prevents an acidic environment from forming and the subsequent demineralization of enamel which would occur. In the event that tooth decay does occur (usually from trauma), dogs can receive dental fillings just as humans do.
The term feline cavities is commonly used to refer to feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, however, sacchrolytic acid-producing bacteria (the same responsible for Dental plaque) are not involved in this condition.
- ^ AVDS - Cavities Information Page - Dog Tooth Health - Cat Tooth Health
- ^ Hale FA. "Dental caries in the dog." J Vet Dent. 1998 Jun;15(2):79-83. PMID 10597155.
- ^ Chris C. Pinney, The Illustrated Veterinary Guide for Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Exotic Pets (Blue Ridge Summit, PA: TAB Books, 1992), p. 187.
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