Quoting from the August 28th posting by Carrie Dow:
"According to the Cat Care Society of Lakewood, 70% of cats age three and older have dental disease. However, few pet owners deal with the issue. Dental care in cats is just as important as it is for people.
Like humans, dental disease in cats, if left unchecked, can lead to life threatening conditions. Immediate problems include loose teeth, bleeding gums and bad breath. Over time dental disease can cause infections that then travel into the bloodstream and throughout the entire body infecting and damaging the heart, liver and kidneys."
Link to the Lakewood Pet Examiner posting about Cat Care Society