dental03Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can shower the body and bloodstream with bacteria. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population. In spite of these disturbing facts, many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet’s health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, dental diets and regular examinations. We perform a dental examination as a part of all routine examinations.

The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through professional cleanings. We perform thorough cleanings, including the area beneath the gums that you can’t see or access at home. We also recently began implementing dental radiology into our practice. Dental radiology is an essential part of determining the health of your pet’s teeth. Dental radiology allows us to evaluate your pet’s teeth below the gum line, without which we would not be able to see. We are very excited to be able to use this technology to improve your pet’s dental health.

If your pet has discolored teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please call us at today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental examination.