Dental Plaque: Before and After


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Dental disease is very common in animals, just like it is in humans. Approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease.

Tartar builds up on the teeth and creates calculus (or plaque) which leads to gingivitis (red, inflamed or bleeding gums). This then leads to the gums receding from the teeth and the structures supporting the teeth are then weakened which can lead to infection and tooth loss. Bacteria travel from the gums into the bloodstream to other organs in the body like the heart and kidneys and can therefore affect the overall health and wellbeing of the animal.

Before Dental

After Dental

Once calculus is present, it usually needs to be removed by ultrasonic scaling. This procedure needs to be performed under general anaesthesia and once all the calculus has been removed a prophylactic treatment is applied to the tooth surface to slow the build up of tartar.

Prescription Dental foods, raw bones and special pet toothpastes and brushes can be used also to help prevent dental problems.


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