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Dental Health Care

Dental health for pets begins at home with regular brushing. Some of our clients or their groomers scale built-up tartar off pets’ teeth, too.

But brushing and scaling are not enough. In fact, scaling without professional polishing creates micro-fissures in the teeth where plaque can adhere, leading to even more tartar build-up.

A professional dental cleaning , done under anesthesia, allows all surfaces of the pet’s teeth to be scaled, polished and examined for defects. We also examine the gums, tongue and the rest of the oral cavity and take full-mouth x-rays to examine teeth below the gum line. The part of the tooth showing above the gums–the crown–can look great, while there can be serious issues going on with the roots.

The benefits of the dental procedure in our office can be supplemented¬†by home-care. To give you an idea of what’s involved,¬†here’s a video about dental home-care for dogs.

Here’s one about how to brush your cat’s teeth.

For your convenience, we carry dental health care products in our online store.

To Learn More

For more information about your pet’s dental health, including helpful home-care products that really work, we recommend the Veterinary Oral Health Council web site. Products with the VOHC Seal of Approval produce the best results and are safe for your pet. Several of these products are available at our online store.

See also our post featuring an American Veterinary Medical Association video on dental health.

Read the story of Dr. Brady’s late boxer Cal’s dental procedure.