Pet Dental Care

Dental Cleaning

The centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam, followed by a thorough cleaning. Dental cleanings include ultrasonic scaling and manual subgingival curettage, followed by polishing and a fluoride mouth rinse. The combination is designed to remove plaque and slow its build-up giving your pet added longevity.

We follow AAHA guidelines and collect full mouth digital dental radiographs (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.

We have a dedicated dental suite with patient warming and special lighting. Our licensed veterinary nursing team is well-trained in performing dental prophies, attaining diagnostic digital radiographs, and will provide the same anesthetic monitoring standards as with surgery.

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 provide detailed report cards and images including dental radiographs that go home with you for your personal records.

Before and After

Home Dental Care

Plaque buildup is the primary cause of poor oral health and 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 and various preventative options to slow the progression of disease. 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, discuss with 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.

During annual or semi-annual (with senior pets) visits, we will stage dental disease and offer the best recommendations.

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