Dental Disease

Dental Care is an essential component to your pets preventative healthcare plan. Oral examination, dental radiographs, and professional dental cleanings are necessary to provide optimum health and quality of life.


Periodontal or gum disease is the number one illness found in both dogs and cats. About 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the time they are three years old? Some of the most common symptoms in both dogs and cats include yellow and brown build-up of tartar along the gum line, inflamed gums, persistent bad breath, change in eating habits, and pawing at the mouth. If left untreated periodontal disease can be extremely painful. It can even damage the heart, lungs, kidneys, intestinal tract and joints. That's why it's so important that dental hygiene be included in every animals' health and wellness routine.

Here is a closer look at the stages of dental disease:

Different stages of Dental Disease; Gingivitis, varying degrees of Periodontitis in both Dogs and Cats

We encourage pet owners to take a preventative approach to dental health care by scheduling their pet for professional dental cleanings as recommended by their veterinarian. A professional dental cleaning will remove the plaque and tartar that causes periodontal disease.

During a dental cleaning we will scale and then polish your pets' teeth in order to remove any residual plaque and to smooth the surface of each tooth. The mouth is rinsed to remove debris prior to a final inspection and sealant application. The sealant will delay the deposition of plaque and tartar from forming on the teeth. Depending on the stage of your pets' dental disease, the extraction of unhealthy teeth may be recommended. Your veterinarian will be able to provide a more approximate estimate as to whether extractions will be necessary during your pets' physical examination. 

PLEASE NOTE: A physical examination is required within 90 days of your pets' professional dental cleaning. This will allow your veterinarian to provide you with a more approximate estimate, and give you an opportunity to ask any questions pertaining to the dental procedure.

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College Road Animal Hospital (910)395-6555
Carolina Beach Animal Hospital (910)458-3000