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Dentistry

Healthy teeth are and important part of your pet's well-being.

Did you know that dental disease is the most commonly recognized abnormality on a physical exam of a dog or a cat? Because as owners we do not regularly brush our dog or cat's teeth, plaque, which is a film of bacteria, builds up on teeth surfaces. This plaque eventually turns to tartar (yellow/brown layering), and then tartar hardens to calculus, a very hard concrete-like layering that is composed of bacteria. If allowed to remain on the tooth surface, tartar and calculus eventually erode the overlying gums and, in severe cases, erosion of the tooth roots and bone surrounding tooth roots occurs (called periodontal disease), resulting in a diseased tooth in need of extraction. What can you do to prevent plaque buildup and ensure that any tartar and calculus already present do not progress to severe periodontal disease? Proper home care such as brushing and feeding an oral health diet or treats (Hill's t/d) helps slow plaque buildup, and yearly dental cleanings help remove heavy buildup so periodontal disease is avoided.

Diseases of the mouth and teeth, specifically gingivitis and periodontal disease, can cause significant pain when eating, and can cause dramatic behavior changes in our furry companions.

Our services can help maintain or restore good dental health, and improve the overall happiness of your pet.

Cleaning your dog or cat's teeth isn't just about fresh breath. It's an essential part of good oral care, and good oral care is an important part of your pet's overall health. Although most people aren't aware of it, periodontal, or gum disease, is a common, serious problem in dogs and cats. Help prevent gum disease in your pet, and visit us for 15% off a routine dental cleaning* in the month of October. Dental cleaning does not include extractions or dental x-rays*