Dental Care

Follow us through a "typical" dental procedure.

Taking care of your pet's teeth is an important part of making sure they live a long healthy life. Did you know that brushing your pet's teeth daily or at least 3 times weekly can increase their life expectancy by years? Your pet's teeth are graded on a scale of 0-5, 5 being the worst.

Grade I/Mild Gingivitis
  • Margin of attached gum is inflamed and swollen
  • Plaque is covering the teeth.
  • Home dental care is needed.
  • A dental cleaning is needed to remove current plaque buildup within the next year if no improvement.

Grade II/Moderate Gingivitis
  • Entire gum is inflamed and swollen.
  • Mouth is painful and odor is noticed.
  • Dental cleaning is needed to remove tartar within the next month.
  • Home dental care will be needed after cleaning.

Grade III/Severe Gingivitis
  • Cherry red and bleeding gums.
  • Gum is destroyed by infection and tartar.
  • Sore mouth and odor evident.
  • Dental cleaning is needed to remove tartar immediately.
  • Home dental care will be needed after cleaning.

Grade IV/Periodontal disease
  • Chronic infection is destroying the gum, tooth, and bone.
  • Bacteria are spreading through the body cavity via the bloodstream and may damage the kidneys, liver, and heart.
  • Dental cleaning is needed immediately.
  • Some teeth may be loose and in need of extraction.