Your pet requires specialized dental care from your veterinarian, in addition to care at home from you. By the age of three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show symptoms of oral diseases. The American Veterinary Dental Society advocates the pet owners to keep track of three basic steps. In case you suspect a problem, take the pet to a veterinarian for a dental exam instead of waiting for an annual checkup. Another step involves removing plaque regularly from your pet’s teeth. Finally, schedule regular veterinary checkups as they are essential in helping your veterinarian monitor the progress of your pet’s dental health routine.