Canine dental care Plaque: Dogs rarely get cavities, but are much more prone to gum disease and excess tartar
build-up on the teeth. Food particles and bacteria collect along the gumline forming plaque.
Routine care can remove this plaque.
Tartar: If plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva combine with the plaque and form tartar
(or calculus) which adheres strongly to the teeth. Plaque starts to mineralize 3-5 days after it
forms. The tartar is irritating to the gums and causes an inflammation called gingivitis. This
can be seen as reddening of the gums adjacent to the teeth. It also causes bad breath.