Dogs need regular dental care, just like humans! Can you image what your teeth and mouth would feel like if you did not have regular teeth cleanings?
Dental care is an important part of your dog’s wellness care. At DVAH, we will perform a thorough dental examination during your dog’s annual wellness exam and recommend a professional cleaning when needed by your dog.
You may notice that your dog has a dental problem. Call us right away if you notice any signs of dental disease. Your dog may be uncomfortable or in pain. Common signs of dental disease in dogs include:
Professional Dental Cleaning at DVAH
We place your dog under safe anesthesia and perform a comprehensive oral exam. We will check each tooth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion, and periodontal disease. We will remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment. We give your dog’s teeth a thorough ultrasonic cleaning and polishing.
Digital Dental Radiography
Digital dental radiography, also known as digital x-ray, is an advanced dental technology that allows us to examine individual teeth underneath the gum line for bone loss, hidden fractures, or abscesses that may be present. The digital images are ready within minutes, reducing the amount of time your dog is exposed to radiation. This also allows us to diagnose and treat your dog quickly and efficiently.
At-Home Dental Care
Regular at home dental care will prevent the buildup of plaque on your dog’s teeth. Brushing your dog’s teeth every day will reduce or eliminate plaque buildup. Plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, can progress to periodontitis, which is characterized by pockets of chronic infection, oral pain, and severe infections. If left untreated, it will eventually loosen and destroy the teeth, possibly leading to bone loss. The infection under the gum line can also spread to the liver, kidneys, and heart. If you have any questions about brushing your dog’s teeth, please ask us. We can show you several effective ways to brush your dog’s teeth at home.
Dominion Valley Animal Hospital
5371 Merchants View Square Haymarket, VA 20169
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