Dental Services

Dental Cleaning With proper dental care it's possible to add years to your pet's life. You will also increase his or her health, vitality, and well-being. Dental care can help ensure your pet leads the healthiest life possible.

Dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are even noticeable. Oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream can damage your pet's kidneys, heart and/or liver. We take the oral and dental health of your cat or dog very seriously.

Dental disease is often overlooked by pet owners. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three.

The centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning. Dental cleanings include ultrasonic scaling followed by polishing and a mouth rinse, which is designed to remove plaque and slow its build-up.

Should we find any issues such as evidence of gum or tooth decay, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and provide treatment options. All of our doctors are highly-experienced dental practitioners and capable of offering a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries. For more complicated or severe cases we may refer you to a board certified specialist.

  • We provide routine scaling and polishing (ultrasonic scaler for cleaning procedures)
  • Simple and complex extractions
  • Surgical repair of the gingiva
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Home Dental Care

Dental care is not something that can be left to periodic visits. Plaque buildup—the primary cause of poor oral health—is a gradual process occurring throughout the life of your pet; it is important to practice good home dental care. As with people, this means regular tooth brushing and in some cases additional steps may be necessary. Members of our staff can show you the proper method for caring for your pet's teeth, as well as help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.

You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health. If you notice any of the following you may want to contact May Veterinary:

  • Persistent bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • Tartar or plaque buildup (ask your veterinarian how to identify these)
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth