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Is Your Pets Smile Hiding Something?

You may not be aware, but dogs and cats can have dental disease just like people. Nearly 20% of the Australian human population has dental disease and we brush, floss and get our teeth cleaned regularly! In the Australian pet population nearly 80% of dogs and cats over the age of three will have some degree of dental disease.

Hover over the mouth below to learn more about dental disease in pets.


is an entirely preventable inflammation or reddening of the gums without the loss of the tooth’s supporting structures (that may or may not be visible).

Periodontal Disease

An irreversible destructive process involving the loss of the tooth’s supporting structures (the periodontium), which includes the gums, periodontal ligament and bony structures that support the tooth.

Plaque is Bacteria

Bacteria are attracted to the tooth surface within hours of the teeth being cleaned. Within days, the plaque becomes mineralized and produces calculus. As plaque ages and gingivitis develops then periodontitis (bone loss) occurs.

Bad Breath

A build up of bacteria and inflammation can cause bad breath in dogs. If your dog smells bad - even after grooming - it may be due to dental disease.

The four grades of Dental Disease

Dental disease in dogs and cats is graded using a system that takes into account amount of plaque, tartar, inflammation and periodontal disease which is an irreversible destructive process involving the loss of the tooth’s supporting structures.


Plaque build-up, inflamed gums, no bone loss or periodontal disease


Plaque and calculus extending down, pocket forming, mild gingival recession and bone loss


Plaque and calculus extending down, deep pocket forming, more significant bone loss and possible ulceration of gingiva


Extensive plaque and calculus, severe inflammation, deep pocket, significant loss of gingiva and bone loss leading to loose teeth

Does my pet really need to have an anaesthetic to clean their teeth?

Yes - unfortunately pets won’t lie with their mouths open for your Vet to clean all surfaces of the tooth and examine carefully for tooth decay. We use only human grade equipment that uses large quantities of water to flush plaque and tartar and cool the tooth during an ultrasonic clean. So, for the safety and comfort of your pet an anaesthetic is required.

Our $199 Expert Pet Dental Clean is more competitively priced then anaesthesia free dentistry and allows the full tooth to be cleaned – above and below the gumline.

Coming in for a groom? Ask one of our nurses or vets to perform a FREE dental check to assess your pet’s dental health.

Expert Pet Dental Clean

What can I do for my pet?

  1. Come in for a free dental check
  2. Your vet will form a treatment plan and provide pricing based on your pet’s dental assessment
  3. A dental procedure is performed under anaesthetic to treat dental disease and clean your pet’s teeth
  4. You are pre-booked for a $199 expert pet dental clean in 6-12 months to maintain your pet’s dental health and prevent disease

If your pet has Grade 1 dental disease as assessed by one of our PETstock Vets, you can book an Expert Pet Dental Clean for just $199 (save up to $400).

*T&Cs apply. Not applicable at PETstock Animal Health Centres. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Offer subject to a full health assessment by a veterinarian. Dogs and cats only. Subject to appointment availability.

*View terms & conditions for the Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Dental food free bag offer here.

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