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Dog teeth tartar. Illustration of the mouth and teeth of a dog with an accumulation of tartar, a mineralised and hardened form of dental plaque. Plaque is a bacterial biofilm that can form on teeth and can cause tooth decay. If not treated, the condition can lead to gingivitis, peridontitis and tooth loss. For a sequence of images on dog dental diseases, see images C029/9572 to C029/9575.
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