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How Do I Know if My Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning?

Digital Radiology


Dental Health

Your pet's teeth may appear healthy on the surface, but can be broken or diseased below the gum. Cavities, broken teeth, infection, and bone loss are just some of the potential problems that cannot be seen during a visual examination of your pet's mouth.

Looking at each tooth in its entirety will allow your veterinarian to care for diseased or injured teeth now, and prevent future dental problems. 

Dental disease affects up to 80% of pets over the age of three, and just like humans, there can be serious consequences of poor dental health.

A dental cleaning may include:

Common signs of dental disease

  •  Bad breath
  •  Visible tartar and plaque on the teeth
  •  Bleeding or red gums
  •  Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  •  Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth 
  •  Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  •  Bleeding from the mouth 
  •  Loss of appetite or loss of weight


Our private dental suite is furnished with digital dental radiography, the latest technology in cleaning and polishing instruments with advanced anesthesia and monitoring equipment.


Enhanced digital imagery of your pet's teeth will provide your veterinarian an immediate view of  what lies beneath the surface of the gum line. 

  • Removal of visible plaque and tartar from the teeth
  • Elimination of plaque and tartar from under the gum
  • Probing of dental sockets to assess dental disease
  • Polishing to smooth enamel scratches that may attract bacteria
  • Dental radiographs (X-rays) to evaluate problems below the gumline
  • Application of fluoride or a dental sealer
  • Removal or repair of fractured or infected teeth
  • Inspection of the lips, tongue, and entire mouth for growths, wounds, or other problems

How does dental disease occur in pets?

The combination of food, saliva, and bacteria can cause plaque and tartar to form on your pet's teeth. Poor oral hygiene doesn’t just cause bad breath, it can lead to tooth loss, painful abscesses, and difficulty eating. Bacteria from a tooth infection can also enter the blood stream and spread to organs, like the kidney, liver and heart. 

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Call 847-885-3344 to request an appointment.