Periodontal disease starts out as a bacterial film called plaque. The bacteria attaches to the teeth. When the bacteria die they can be calcified by the calcium in the saliva. This forms a hard, rough substance called tartar or calculus, which allows more plaque to accumulate.
Some signs that it might be time for your pet’s dental cleaning are: bad breath, red or bleeding gums, tartar on teeth especially around the gumline, difficulty or pain when chewing or eating, pawing at the mouth and/or excessive drooling. In early 2022, we will start offering dental x-rays which show the health of the tooth under the gumline and help to decide which teeth need extraction.