General Dentistry

According to the American Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop gum disease by the age of three years. Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition affecting dogs and cats. The problem begins when plaque and calculus are allowed to build up on a pet’s teeth, especially below the gum line. Bad breath, bleeding and inflammation of the gums, receding gums, loosening and the eventual loss of teeth are the most common signs.
A complete oral examination is recommended usually once a year as part of your pet’s physical examination. A complete oral hygiene program is recommended for you to follow at home. Regular brushing of your pets’ teeth with toothpaste formulated for animals and incorporating diets specially formulated to reduce accumulation of plaque and tartar are the foundation of the complete oral hygiene program.

Professional dental cleaning treatment to keep the teeth clean is therefore of great importance. Other dental conditions such as malpositioned or fractured teeth and oral tumors can be often realized during a complete oral examination.  Additionally, Anderson Veterinary Clinic has the ability to provide dental radiographs which are a vital part of a complete exam.
Great advances have been made in veterinary dentistry and a spectrum of dental therapeutic options are now available.