Regular dental care is a very important part of your pet's overall health. Each patient's teeth will be examined during their annual veterinary exam. Most patients will require regular dental cleanings throughout their life.

Dental cleanings are performed under anesthesia in order to fully evaluate the mouth and effectively clean tartar and plaque. Dental radiographs (x-rays) may be required to assess disease below the gum line. Teeth can be hand-scaled or cleaned with our ultrasonic scaler. Any needed dental extractions will be performed under anesthesia and with the use of local anesthetics. Finally, teeth will be polished in order to slow the accumulation of plaque.

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Dr. Agulnick and technicians Holly L. and Tamara performing a dental procedure

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Before cleaning

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After cleaning

Signs of dental disease and that your pet may need to be seen by a veterinarian include:
- Bad breath
- Pain around the mouth
- Excessive drooling or difficulty eating
- Swelling around the mouth
- Broken, loose, or discolored teeth

Home dental care is very important part of preventing dental disease. Tooth brushing at home is the most effective way to slow the accumulation of plaque and tartar. Dogs (and cats!) can often be trained to accept tooth brushing with the use of flavored tooth paste and positive reinforcement. There are many products on the market advertised to help reduce plaque and tartar. The Veterinary Oral Health Council recognizes products that meet pre-set standards for plaque and tartar retardation. A list of products can be found at:

Don’t forget your small mammals and exotics! We regularly perform tooth trimming and floating for our small mammal patients!

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Floating molars on a guinea pig

Contact us today to schedule your pet's dental exam!

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