Your pet’s world revolves around its mouth, which makes dental care vital to their overall health and longevity. The fact is that most pets over three already have some signs of periodontal (dental) disease.
Oral exams and regular dental cleanings are a key to your pet’s preventative healthcare and our medical team provides basic oral exams to check your pet’s teeth and gums at every wellness visit. From there, we identify any problems and recommend a dental plan for your pet.
If you observe any of the following problems, we suggest having your pet’s teeth checked immediately:
- Bad breath
- Broken or loose teeth
- Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth
Per guidelines from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AHAA) we do only anesthetic dental cleanings. Our procedures are accompanied by complete physicals, lab work, X-rays, and anesthesia to ensure the best outcome for your pet.
While non-anesthetic cleanings are becoming a popular option, we cannot recommend them because in addition to being extremely stressful for pets, they do not allow for scaling under the gum line, where the majority of plaque and tartar build up.