Maher Animal Hospital believes in preventative dental care and the prevention of tartar buildup. We use ultrasonic scalers to remove tartar and plaque. Yearly dental care may increase the life span of your pet. Schedule a dental exam and teethcleaning with us today. Look for these signs of periodontal disease: bad breath, yellow-brown plaque on the tooth near the gum line, red or swollen gums, decreased appetite or difficulty eating, loose or missing teeth.