Pet dental care is one of the most important elements of your pet’s health. In fact, the mouth serves as a “window” to the whole body, since certain oral infections can eventually affect other areas of the body, including the kidneys and liver. Most dental problems begin with plaque and tartar build-up, which can progress to gingivitis, then to gum disease. With our comprehensive pet dental services in Woodbridge, VA, Crossroads Animal Care in Woodbridge, VA strives to be proactive about the prevention of gum disease and other oral problems for your pet.
Veterinary Recommendations for Pet Dentistry
Our veterinarians recommend that you bring your pet in at least once a year for a nose-to-tail wellness exam, which includes an evaluation of the teeth and gums. If we detect signs that could indicate an oral infection, such as bad breath, tartar build-up, or drooling, we can provide dental grade information and estimates for a comprehensive dental exam and professional pet teeth cleaning. To keep your pet’s mouth health between visits to our veterinary hospital, we recommend that you establish an at-home oral care regimen.
About Our Pet Dental Services
Whether your pet has minor tartar build-up or advanced gum disease, our team can help. We offer ultrasonic scaling (dental prophylaxis), polishing, and extractions, if necessary. Each dental visit begins with a physical exam and pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia. All procedures are performed under general anesthesia for your pet’s safety and comfort. We also monitor each patient throughout the entire treatment process with EKG (cardiac function) and SPO2 (oxygen saturation).
Our Pet Teeth Cleaning
Our pet dental cleaning service involves ultrasonic and hand scaling to remove tartar from the teeth. We also use a probe to evaluate pockets below the gum line to determine if X-rays and/or gum disease treatment are necessary. Our digital X-ray technology allows us to safely view your pet’s teeth below the gum line, as this is where a large number of oral problems are found. After the cleaning is complete and any required treatments are administered, we polish the teeth, creating a smooth surface that is more resistant to plaque and tartar build-up.
At-Home Dental Care in Woodbridge, VA
Although it’s never too late to establish an at-home hygiene regimen for your pet, it’s best to start at the puppy/kitten phase. Brushing your pet’s teeth helps prevent plaque and tartar build-up and promote good oral hygiene. It can even help you bond with your furry loved one. In addition to brushing, there are various dental products available that can help keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy between exams. Here at Crossroads Animal Care Center, we offer toothbrushes and toothpastes and CT chews in various sizes. We can also give you tips on proper brushing techniques. Schedule your pet’s dental exam today!