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WHAT IS PLAQUE?

Plaque is soft material containing bacteria. It is easily scraped off but difficult to see unless a disclosing solution is used. As with ourselves, our pets' teeth can accumulate plaque very quickly.

WHAT IS TARTAR/CALCULUS?
Minerals from saliva and food combine with the plaque and form a hard brownish rock-like material. It is this material that is known as CALCULUS OR TARTAR. As the calculus/tartar is firmly stuck to the tooth removal requires scaling and polishing. With our pets, a full general anaesthetic is required.

WHAT ABOUT GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease results from an accumulation of plaque and it is the plaque that encourages bacterial infection. Gum disease can be very serious as infection can enter the blood stream and cause heart, liver and kidney problems.

WARNING SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR!

Bad breath ¦ Discolouration of teeth ¦ Very reddened gums ¦ Rubbing of the face on the floor
Pawing at the face ¦ Excessive drooling ¦ Difficulty in eating ¦ Swelling around the face


 
 
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