How many of you know how to scale tartar off of your dogs teeth? How many of you can actually afford to pay someone to do it 2-10 times per year? Today, while I had some free time, I decided its been a few weeks and I should check out how Oliver’s oral hygiene looks…abysmal at best, but I expected this because he refuses to chew on his last two molars. So what ends up happening is as he chews, the soft, chewed food moves back and sits on his teeth until either a) his tongue cleans it off or b) the bacteria in his mouth have a hayday and use the stagnant food to “make babies” in his mouth. These babies go on to poop, and pee and the result of this is plaque and eventually tartar. Tartar is easily visible in a dogs mouth, its yellowish, chalky looking and very hard stuck on material on dog’s teeth. This tartar eventually multiplies and moves under the gums to attack ligaments that hold teeth in place or it eats at enamel and causes cavities (and eventually results in root canals, pain, or extractions). Call your dog over and check out his teeth–are they sparkling white all the way to the back? When you poke his gums, do they bleed? Bleeding is a sign that tartar has moved under the gums and needs to be cleaned. I work at a dental office and am trained to use dental tools, so I clean my dog’s teeth myself. It’s very easy to keep tartar under wraps if you can brush your dogs teeth before tartar starts building up. Below is a picture of the tartar I took off only 3 teeth. This is only a few weeks worth–nasty!