At Village Veterinary Clinic, Dr. John Lonam and his team provide a wide range of services for each one of our patients. One of the key services most pets need on a routine basis is dental care. During a standard exam, we’ll provide an overall inspection of your pet’s teeth, but more comprehensive screenings and cleanings are often necessary. When your pet needs dental care in Burke, VA, contact our team first.
Why Is Pet Dentistry Important?
Keeping your pet’s oral health in line is essential. Routine dental care helps to ensure the pet’s teeth, gums, and other structures remain healthy. Your pet’s teeth help them to chew, but also are important for protection, carrying things, and interacting. Without routine care, though, they can become painful and damaged. Over time, this can impact the animal’s overall health and lifespan.Pet Dental Care FAQs
What Will a Veterinarian Screen for During an Exam?
When you come in for an appointment, we’ll provide your pet with a thorough dental exam. During this exam, we’re looking for any signs of concern, which, if found, we’ll discuss with you thoroughly. We’ll check your pet’s teeth and mouth for:
- The presence of bad breath which could indicate the buildup of plaque
- Broken or loose teeth which may need repair
- Any extra teeth, which is sometimes common
- Discoloration and tartar buildup on the teeth
- Alignment including concerns related to abnormal chewing, drooling, or difficulty holding food in the mouth
- The presence of infection or any signs of tissue damage that could indicate pain
- Swelling of any areas
- Any causes for changes in eating habits
These concerns will be addressed with you should they be present. Our goal is to give you the best options to caring for your pet.
Common Pet Dental Problems
Like humans, pets can develop a variety of health problems. Some of the most common include:
- Periodontal disease which may require deep cleaning
- Broken teeth or roots
- Cysts or tumors in the mouth
- Abscesses or areas of infection
- Palate defects
- Broken bones, such as the jaw
- Misalignment of the teeth and bite
We’ll provide your pet with a full dental cleaning and polish, dental x-rays, and any other services as needed to restore and maintain your pet’s dental integrity. This is done under general anesthesia.
Pet Dentistry Problems and Regular Maintenance
Bring your pet in for a wellness exam at least once or twice a year. During that exam, we’ll pinpoint any areas of concern and provide recommended treatment options. We’ll also teach you some basic oral maintenance you can do at home, such as how to brush your pet’s teeth. We also offer a selection of dental rinses, chews, and diets that will help maintain good oral health. We may recommend deeper cleaning of the pet’s teeth if there is cause for concern, such as a significant buildup. Other treatments, such as tooth removal or treatment of damage will be discussed with you, too.
Schedule a Pet Dentistry Appointment with Us Today
Call Village Veterinary Clinic to schedule your pet’s dental appointment in our Burke, VA location. We encourage you to schedule emergency, standard pet exams, cleanings, and follow-up care now by calling 703-978-8655.