Dental Care

Dental Care

Healthy Smiles Means Happy Pets

You are a responsible pet owner and you take good care of your pet – but do you always remember to take care of your pet’s teeth?

Pets have dental diseases and problems just like people do. Regular dental check-ups at Apple Valley Animal Hospital, combined with good dental hygiene at home, can increase your pet’s health, vitality and well-being, and help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet’s overall health before symptoms are noticeable. At Apple Valley Animal Hospital, dental care is an important part of your pet’s preventive health care program.

Our veterinarians believe the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Digital X-rays (optional)
  • Supra and subgingival ultrasonic scaling
  • Tooth extractions (if necessary)
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application

At-Home Cleaining

You can prevent serious dental problems by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at 6 months of age, and then annually. Between dental examinations at Apple Valley Animal Hospital, check your pet’s teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain their good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

If you are unsure of how to brush your pet’s teeth, please ask a member of our staff for instructions.

Signs and Symptoms of Dental Disease

  • Bad breath — one of the first signs of dental disease
  • 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
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Apple Valley Animal Hospital today at for an appointment, so your pet does not need to spend any more time suffering with oral discomfort.

If you would like more information about the pet dental services that Apple Valley Animal Hospital offers or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Apple Valley, please call us at 760-490-0635.