Please note we will be closed on bank holiday Monday, click here to view the latest information on how to access our services.

Call us

What elements contribute to dog dental disease

Dogs can develop dental disease at any stage of their lives, but it is more common in senior dogs. Dental disease can cause much pain for your dog not only orally but in the long term can affect the efficiency of their internal organs. This happens when the bacteria make it into the bloodstream causing many issues for your dog. There are 4 main elements that contribute to dog dental disease these are plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, and trauma.


Essentially plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. This bacteria is created from the acids left over after your dog has eaten. The premolars and molars are the most commonplace for the plaque to build up however, it is not the only sets of teeth in your dog’s jaw that plaque can build upon.


Tartar is also known as Calculus. Tartar occurs if the plaque on your dog’s tooth hasn’t been removed properly. The plaque will combine with the saliva which turns into a hard substance. This hard substance is what causes the reddening of the gums. Also known as gingivitis

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is where tartar will build up under the gum line. This can cause abscesses and increase the chances of bacteria entering the bloodstream as the tartar separates the bone structure of the jaw from the teeth. You can not reverse this once your dog has periodontal disease; they will require dental treatment.


Dogs use their mouth to hold objects, to pull and rip things, and to eat resulting in damage to the teeth. This trauma can be the start of gum disease. Sticks and stones can damage, crack, and break your dogs’ teeth. If this goes untreated it can result in your dog contracting dental disease.

PC Linnaeus Dog in sun 1

Prevention Care for Dog Dental Care in Snodland  

 We will always recommend a proactive, reactive treatment for dog dental disease. The most effective way of preventing dog disease is teeth brushing at least once a day, introducing a dental diet, water supplements to help reduce plaque build-up and dental chews and treats.

Who will diagnose that my dog has dental disease  

Our dedicated team will wholeheartedly do everything possible to ensure that they find a solution that suits you and your pet. At Sandhole Vets, our veterinary nurses are highly qualified with impeccable training that will be able to perform routine dental check-ups up on your dog. They will be able to diagnose dental disease and prescribe the right course of action to bring relief to your dog. They can suggest treatments such as scale and polish, refer your dog for x-rays or suggest a dental extraction. You can expect complete transparency from our veterinary nurses, and they will work tirelessly to find the right solution. If you are concerned that your dog may have dental disease you can book an appointment online visit the Sandhole Vets website.

Contact Sandhole vets

If you require dog dental care in Snodland you can contact Sandhole vets today. Our friendly team are on hand to help come to a speedy solution in the best course of treatment for your dog's dental care. You are able to book an appointment online via the online contact form, emailing the practice or you can phone the practice. Below are the details

Online contact form | Telephone: 01634 242502 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Browse our current vacancies for a rewarding veterinary career at Sandhole Vets.

Join our team

Latest News

Tips for worry-free visits to the Vet

May 2024 Like many people dread going to the doctor, the vet can be a source of anxiety for our pets. Luckily, there are steps... Read more