Tartar is visible as a yellow to brown material on the tooth, usually near the gum line.
Dental tartar is composed of various mineral salts, organic material, bacteria, serum and food particles. In the early stages of accumulation, the material is soft, but as time passes, it becomes hard and adheres to the teeth.
If you notice that your cat or dog has yellow teeth, we recommend visiting your veterinarian as this early visible symptom could lead to more severe and painful dental conditions
Continual tartar accumulation causes inflammation and infection of the gums (gingivitis) and eventually recession of the gum tissue and bone, which loosens the teeth. Severe gum recession causes pockets of inflammation deep under the visible gum line, which can expose tooth roots and lead to abscess formation.
Even in cases of mild dental disease, the breath may become foul smelling and the mouth can be a dangerous source of infection for the heart, liver, kidneys and lungs.
The professional treatment that we offer consists of a complete dental cleaning under anesthesia, where we scale, polish, and do a fluoride treatment for your pet's teeth. And for severe cases, the removal of damaged teeth or abscessed tissue. We use high-speed dental equipment, which results in quicker and safer extractions with less tissue damage; therefore, your dog or cat is under anesthesia for a shorter period of time.
Good home dental care, including tooth brushing, dental health diets, and other dental products and treats can reduce tartar formation and gum disease.
Did you know? Some of our Prevention Health Plans include annual dental cleanings for dogs and cats.