Dental calculus (tartar) is composed of various mineral salts, organic material and food particles. In the early stages of accumulation, the material is soft (plaque) but later hardens and adheres to the teeth. Continual accumulation causes inflammation of the gums and eventual recession of the gums and loose teeth. The breath becomes very odorous and the mouth becomes a dangerous source of infection. This "periodontal disease" may cause diarrhea, vomiting, and irritability.
Untreated tooth and gum disease may allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause damage to the valves of the heart, as well as kidney infections.
Every dental cleaning includes a complete physical exam including:
Your pet can be dropped off in the morning and generally picked-up at the end of the day.
Home dental care can be the best gift you can give your companion. It requires a little more time on your part, but goes such a long way to preventing disease and discomfort that it is quite well worth it.