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Dental Health Wellness Programs

DentistryRegular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's teeth and for their general health. We use a modern and safe ultrasonic scaler to clean each tooth thoroughly – above and especially below the gumline where the tartar and plaque can hide.

Our dental technicians polish your pet's teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface that becomes more resistant to tartar and plaque build-up. Flouride treatments help strengthen the enamel and decrease tooth sensitivity. Advanced periodontal and endodontic care is available via referral to local veterinary dental specialists.

We limit the number of dental procedures we perform each day so that each procedure is completely under immediate doctor supervision. We spend as much time as needed to educate our clients about the proper way to keep their pet's mouth clean and healthy.

We offer routine dental prophylaxis (cleaning, polishing and flouride treatments), extractions and oral surgery. We perform dental x-rays when needed.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health, before symptoms are even noticeable. For example, oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream can damage your pet's kidneys, heart, and liver. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by three years of age.

If your pet has bad breath, significant oral disease is already occuring. Intervention at this point can still prevent ongoing discomfort, pain, and tooth loss.

It's important to remember that it is possible to add years to your pet's life with proper dental care. Dental hygiene can also increase your pet's health, vitality and well-being. Veterinary dental care will help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

 

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Home Dental Care

Dental care is not something that can be left to periodic visits with us. Because plaque buildup, the primary cause of poor oral health, is a gradual process occurring throughout the life of your pet, it is important to practice good home dental care. As with humans, this means regular tooth brushing. In some cases additional steps may be necessary. Any member of our staff can show you the proper method for caring for your pet's teeth, as well as help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.

You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health. If you notice any of the following, you should contact us as soon as possible:

  • Persistent bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • Tartar or plaque build-up
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth