Dentistry

Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.

  • Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth
  • This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery
  • Common signs of dental disease include
    • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teeth
    • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
    • Bad breath
    • Excessive drooling
    • Changes in eating or chewing habits
    • Pawing at the face
    • Loose teeth
    • Depression
  • Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart
  • If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death
  • A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread
  • Even if your dog or cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year
  • We perform dental cleaning to combat the signs of periodontal disease
  • We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup
  • Schedule your pet’s dental exam today!  309-698-8680