Tartar Can Lead To Serious Disease For Your Pet

During your pet’s annual exam our veterinarians provide your pet with a tartar grade. If your pet has a large buildup of tartar and plaque, the animal is probably also suffering from gum disease, or periodontitis, a painful and dangerous condition.

What is a Tartar Grade?

Veterinarians assign a tartar grade based on your pet’s worst tooth. A tartar grade of 2 or higher can indicate your pet is suffering from a much more serious condition called periodontitis. If your pet receives a high tartar grade, your veterinarian will recommend a full dental cleaning and evaluation to confirm the progress of periodontal disease. The following graphics illustrate the relationship between tartar build-up and declining oral health.

Tartar Grade 1

Grade 1 Tartar Build-Up Illustration

The tooth has minor plaque and no tartar.

Tartar Grade 2

Grade 2 Tartar Build-Up Illustration

More plaque, and tartar covers less than half the tooth.

Tartar Grade 3

Grade 3 Tartar Build-Up Illustration

Tartar covers between 50-80% of the tooth.

Tartar Grade 4

Grade 4 Tartar Build-Up Illustration

Tartar covers 80–100% of the tooth.

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When you schedule the procedure within 30 days of receiving a vet’s cleaning recommendation.

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Your Pet May Need Veterinary Dental Attention If You Notice Any of the Following:

The following symptoms could indicate a serious problem with your pet’s teeth and gums.

Bad breath

Blood, pus, or other discharge from around the teeth


Obsessive pawing or clawing
around the face

Decreased appetite

Trouble eating dry food

Red or swollen gums

Swelling on the side of
the cheek

Behavioral changes

How is your pet's dental health?

Speak to our team if you would like to discuss your pet’s health with a veterinarian, and ask us about our dental discount!