Proper oral healthcare is one of the best ways to keep your pet happy and healthy at any stage in life. Because most pets aren’t able to brush their teeth daily, plaque and tartar build up on their teeth and cause periodontal disease that can affect not only their breath, but also their overall health. At the time of your pet’s annual wellness exam, your veterinarian will do a complete oral examination and may recommend that your pet’s teeth be professionally cleaned in order to remove plaque and tartar buildup underneath the gum line. These professional cleanings slow down the progression of any existing dental disease and keep your pet happy and healthy for as long as possible.

Signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty chewing or eating
  • Gums swollen or red, may bleed
  • Brownish-yellow calculus (tartar) on teeth
  • Receded gums
  • Loose or missing teeth

Our team of doctors and technicians have taken numerous courses in advanced dentistry, which allows us to provide safe, effective and thorough treatment of dental and periodontal disease. At Commonwealth Veterinary Hospital, we take a full set of digital dental radiographs at during every dental cleaning in order to provide your pet with the very best care that veterinary medicine has to offer. When problems arise that threaten your pet’s oral health, we are able perform a variety of advanced oral surgeries, including:

  • Dental scaling, cleaning and polishing
  • Bonded sealants for some fractured teeth
  • Laser gingival resection
  • Biopsies of masses and other oral lesions
  • Gingival contouring to reduce periodontal pockets
  • Surgical tooth extractions