One of the most common dental treatments is the removal of hardened plaque build-up (tartar). This can build up on the teeth in a 24 hour period and lead to gingivitis in only 48 hours if not cleared away naturally. If this build-up hardens it forms tartar on the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque can cause inflammation in the mouth and also gum infection. This can penetrate down into the tissue and bone causing teeth to fall out. Periodontal disease can also cause issues to internal organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart if not treated. You can remove plaque at home but tartar would need to be removed in the clinic under anaesthetic. We also do general oral surgery, extractions and dental x-rays as well as detailed oral examinations in the consulting room. Give your pets dental treats in moderation, feed dry food daily and brush their teeth daily with animal toothpaste to prevent the build-up of tartar.