Pet Dental Care

Good dental hygiene is just as important for pets as it is for humans. Imagine how your mouth would feel if you did not have any professional dental cleanings or did not brush your teeth every day! At East Bay Veterinary Hospital, we are equipped with state-of-the art tools to help care for your pet’s dental needs.

Digital dental radiography allows us to examine the tooth and bone under the gum line. Ultrasonic dental scalers, and high and low speed hand pieces for drilling, cutting and polishing allow us to clean and polish your pet’s teeth. This removes the plaque that can lead to gingivitis and, if left unchecked, infection around the root of the tooth. Plaque, which is a buildup of bacteria, will develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis are pockets of severe and painful infections within the mouth around the teeth and gumline. Not treated, it can lead tooth decay and bone loss.

Our veterinarians recommend regular oral examinations and dental cleanings, under general anesthesia, for all adult dogs and cats. During your pet’s wellness exam, we will visually examine your pet’s teeth and make appropriate dental health recommendations to you. When your pet has a professional dental cleaning at East Bay Veterinary Hospital, all pets will undergo full mouth radiographs and dental charting.

Dental Care at East Bay Veterinary Hospital

East Bay offers preventive and advanced dental care for pets:

  • Professional dental cleanings
  • Full mouth radiographs and dental charting
  • Extractions
  • Endodontics
  • Bonding & Sealing
  • Bonding & Composites
  • Orthdontics
  • Periodontal therapy

At-Home Dental Care

Regular, proactive dental care is a crucial part of keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. In addition to our professional cleanings, it’s important to establish a dental care routine at home. Brushing your dog or cat’s teeth at home can be the most effective means of preventing a variety of dental infections and diseases.

At East Bay Veterinary Hospital, our staff can help you learn how to effectively care for your pet’s teeth at home. Please call us if you have any questions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, or discuss at-home dental care with us during their annual wellness exam.

Signs of Dental Disease in Your Pet

A good start to good dental care for your pet is for pet owners to recognize the signs of oral and dental disease in your pet. Oral infections and diseases not only affect your pet’s teeth and gums, but also affect their overall health. It’s important to watch for symptoms that may indicate an underlying infection or condition such as:

  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area
  • Drooling or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite or loss of weight