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Village Veterinary Clinic Answers Pet Dental Care FAQ’s

Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA is dedicated to providing quality care for pets. Taking care of your pet dental needs is an important part of their health requirements. Here are some frequently asked questions about pet dental care to help you understand its importance.

Why Is Dental Health Important For Pets?

If a pet's teeth are not properly cared for, a pet may be at risk for developing other health problems. An infection of a tooth can quickly spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream.   A broken tooth may cause cuts inside the mouth. Teeth with a buildup of plaque and tartar can lead to periodontal disease and the possible decay or loss of teeth. 

What Happens During A Dental Evaluation?

When a pet is brought to our veterinarians for a routine checkup, the teeth are assessed during the exam.  If deemed necessary, our veterinarians will recommend a dental cleaning for your pet to remove any plaque and tartar present. Once the plaque and tartar is removed, our veterinarians are better able to assess the condition of the teeth and gums.  Dental x-rays help us determine if there are developing or existing problems of the roots and supporting bone under the gumline.  Tooth extractions or gum surgery may or may not be necessary. Our veterinarians will discuss their recommendations with you regarding the best course of treatment for your pet.

Routinely check your pet's teeth for any portions that appear broken or extremely dirty.  If your pet displays signs of oral pain, a trip to Village Vet for an assessment is the best way to obtain help quickly. Make it a priority to help your pet keep his or her teeth clean. There are many products and modalities available to help your pet maintain good oral health.  Regular brushing will help remove food particles.  Make sure to use toothpaste specifically designed for pets! Offer dogs rawhide chews treated with a dentifrice. There are various tartar control chews available for cats and dogs, as well as oral rinses or Perio-Support Powder, which is sprinkled on a pet's food.   These products help combat the bacteria found in a pet's mouth, which can lead to the formation of plaque and tartar.

How Can Our Veterinarian Help?

Our veterinarians will take the time to check over your pet's teeth in detail.  If the plaque and tartar are not extensive -- and your pet will tolerate the procedure -- our veterinarians can use a special dental instrument to remove tartar from the teeth during the appointment .  Should your pet have significant plaque and tartar build up and/or if other dental problems are found, a dental cleaning under anesthesia will be recommended so your pet does not suffer from pain or discomfort.  Keep in mind that a dental performed under general anesthesia always results in a much more thorough cleaning and overall oral evaluation for your cat or dog.

Contact Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA!

If you are interested in making an appointment or would like more information regarding dental disease or procedures, contact Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke at 703-978-8655. Our staff will be happy to assist you with scheduling an appointment!