Pet Dental Care

Dental CleaningWe take the oral health of your cat or dog very seriously. It's an important piece of your pet's preventive care.

The centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam, followed by a thorough cleaning. Dental cleanings include ultrasonic scaling, followed by polishing and a mouth rinse, the combination of which is designed to remove plaque and slow its build-up.

We also offer digital dental x-rays (high-definition images that provide a view below your pet's gum line and jaw), in order to look for evidence of dental disease that cannot be seen by visual examination alone.

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth decay, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup we will discuss this with you and recommend treatment options. All of our doctors are highly-experienced dental practitioners and capable of offering a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries. For more complicated or severe cases, we may refer you to a board-certified specialist.

We have a dedicated dental suite with patient warming and special lighting. All our doctors have advanced continuing education.

Report cards and images go home with you for your personal records.

The procedures we perform include, but are not limited to:

  • Prophylaxis
  • Extractions
  • Oral Tumor Removals
  • Epulis Removals (benign tumors on the gums)
  • Doxyrobe Therapy where appropriate (medication for gum disease)
  • Dental Cleaning
  • Digital Dental Radiographs

Before and After

Home Dental Care

Dental care is not something that should be left up to periodic visits with us. Plaque buildup, the primary cause of poor oral health, is a gradual process occurring throughout the life of your pet. It is important to practice good home dental care. This means regular tooth brushing, although some additional steps may be necessary in other cases. Members of our staff can show you the proper method for caring for your pet's teeth and help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.

You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health. If you notice any of the following, you may want to contact your veterinarian:

  • Persistent bad breath (one of the first signs of dental disease).
  • Tartar or plaque buildup (ask your veterinarian how to identify these).
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line.
  • Red and swollen gums.
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched.
  • Pawing at the mouth.
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating.
  • Loose or missing teeth.

Watch as Dr. Boyle shows how easy it is to brush your pet's teeth at home!