Santa Rosa Veterinary Dentistry

Pet dental care is about much more than just preventing bad breath. A clean mouth can actually play a role in keeping your pet’s entire body healthy and disease-free.

Is dental care really such a big deal?

In a word: YES! Without regular attention, your pet’s teeth and gums can become a haven for dangerous bacteria, which can start out as bad breath and spread to cause serious damage to your pet’s teeth and gums. As bacteria grows in your pet’s mouth, it can eventually spread through the bloodstream and cause a host of other medical problems throughout your pet’s entire body, including the heart, liver and kidneys. It can even shorten your pet’s life.

The good news is, you can help your pet beat the odds by making a commitment to ongoing dental care, both professional and at-home.

Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital offers both routine and advanced pet dentistry services. Whether it’s an annual dental exam and cleaning or a complex procedure to treat and manage an existing oral health problem, we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to give your pet the smile he or she deserves!  We’ll work with you to show you ways you can promote a clean, healthy mouth year-round.

Signs of a potential dental problem may include:

  • Excessive drooling

  • Bad breath

  • Broken or missing teeth

  • Inflamed or bleeding gums

  • Changes in eating or chewing habits (dropping food, disinterest in chew toys)

  • Pawing at the mouth

  • Discomfort when touched near the mouth

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, give us a call. Let’s work together to help your animal friend achieve optimum oral health for life!

mandible Wabscess-1This is a radiograph of an abscessed Premolar of the mandible, a common finding when we do dental cleanings of pets with severe dental disease. Note that the abscess of the center tooth is now encroaching on the tooth behind it. While the center tooth is hopelessly lost, the tooth behind can still be saved if we get to it in time.