Dental health is often overlooked is needed to provide quality of life and optimal well-being. If left untreated, diseases of the mouth, gums or jaw are not only painful to your companion, but may also be contributing factors to more widespread systemic disease. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3.

The beginning and severity of periodontal disease depends on age, breed, diet and at-home care. Typically younger, small breed dogs present infection earlier than large-breed dogs. Signs and symptoms of dental disease include: pain, bad breath, excessive drooling, fractured or loose teeth, swelling or bleeding of the gums, tumors and difficulty eating.

The oral examination we perform is the basis of the preliminary treatment plan for your pet. A comprehensive, specific plan can only be determined after your animal has been placed under general anesthesia which is necessary for pets undergoing dental treatment.

While it is understandable that pet owners may be concerned about bad breath and unsightly tartar accumulation, regular dental care is more than cosmetic. Tartar and plaque, often invaded by bacteria, needs to be removed to counteract subsequent infection, gingivitis or pyorrhea (infection of tissues surrounding the teeth).

At Bear River Animal Hospital we are well-skilled and equipped to perform dental procedures such as:

  • Ultrasonic scaling
  • Deep-gum cleaning
  • Teeth polishing
  • Extractions

After your pet’s dental treatment, we can discuss options for preventative care at home.