Original Question: Can dogs and cats get tartar? - Anonymous
Yes, the saliva has trace minerals such as calcium that collect on the tooth surface and can lead to tartar buildup. Tartar is an excellent place for the plaque bacteria to anchor themselves and continue to multiply. Tartar is also a hard material that is best removed through a professional cleaning. Providing daily home care after a professional cleaning offers the best chance to decrease the rate of tartar buildup. Maintaining regular professional dental cleanings and daily home care will slow the progression of dental disease.
Jeanne Perrone, MS, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)
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