Richmond Pet Dental Care

Your pet's dental health is an important part of his overall health. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3. It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Dental disease is an often unrecognized source of pain in pets.

Pet dental care is important at Richmond Animal Hospital

Oral Health Care

Common signs of oral disease include:

  • Tartar buildup
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Generalized depression

Dental disease causes pain and can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet’s body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.

To ensure the safety of your pet, our dental procedures follow the same practices as general surgery. Visit the FAQs page for procedure information.

Dental Radiology

New to Countryside Veterinary Clinic is the addition of a state-of-the-art dental x-ray unit.

Digital X-ray is one the most important diagnostic tools in our dental program because 60% of dental disease is hidden below the gum line. We recommend full mouth X-rays at the time of your pet's yearly cleaning so that we can detect any early signs of periodontal disease or any other oral conditions that would potentially need treatment. The earlier it is caught, the better chance we have of treating and ultimately saving the tooth. We can also better assess any missing or fractured teeth. 

Call us today to schedule a comprehensive oral exam and dental cleaning!

Richmond dental disease prevention information at Animal Hospital
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AAHA Recommendations

The American Animal Hospital Association recommends regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. A veterinarian should evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year. This is recommended because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet’s teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss. We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.