80% of dogs over the age of 5 years will have some degree of dental disease. This problem can be avoided in most cases. Home care involves tooth brushing and providing chews specifically designed to help reduce tartar. However, if your pets teeth are particularly diseased, they may require some dental work. This is performed with your pet under General anaesthetic. One of the nurses can check your pets teeth if you are unsure of their condition, or mention it at your pets’ annual vaccination. Usually the signs are bad breath, build-up of brown or yellow or grey material on the teeth and red or sore gums.