Dental Care

Without a proper dental plan, minor oral issues can progress into advanced and hard-to-treat illnesses. Our goal is to make it easy for pets to avoid gingivitis, dental disease, and tooth loss by providing complete and all-encompassing dental care services to your pets.

Why Your Pet Needs a Dental Exam

Not sure if your pet needs a dental checkup? Look for these signs, which indicate not just poor oral hygiene, but also poor health:

  • Bad breath
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Excessive drooling
  • Dropping food while eating
  • Yellow or brown buildup on the teeth
  • Pawing at mouth
  • Change in behavior, such as sleeping more often
  • Reluctance to play with chew toys
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss
Dental care is so important to overall pet health

Dental care is so important to overall pet health

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Our Pet Teeth Cleaning Services

Pets must be placed under anesthesia for their dental cleaning, which involves:

  • Scaling the teeth (above and below the gum line) to remove accumulated plaque and tartar.
  • A complete dental exam of all the teeth, complete with dental radiographs from our digital dental unit (DDU) to examine tooth roots, presence of abscesses, bone loss, and other issues under the gum line.
  • Polishing the teeth to smooth rough enamel surfaces.
  • Applying tooth sealants after we clean and polish your pet’s teeth.

At-Home Dental Care

The first rule of at-home pet dental care is to start your pet on a routine as early as possible. Puppies and kittens can adjust to daily dental treatments quickly, making it easier for them and for you!

Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best treatment to implement because it prevents plaque and bacteria buildup and reduces the potential for dental disease. If brushing proves difficult, there are other options available, from oral wipes and dental chews to rinses and tartar control diets. Ask us for recommendations!


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