Research indicates that more than 85% of dogs and cats over 4 years old suffer from periodontal disease, a condition in which bacteria attack the soft tissues in the mouth. Even with regular brushing plaque and tartar are deposited on the tooth surface, out of sight, above and below the gumline,. This often leads to gum inflammation, discomfort and bad breath – yuck! But dental disease can also lead to life threatening diseases including heart, kidney, liver and lung disease. It can also weaken the immune system, causing joint disease and slow wound healing. Often these diseases are “silent” until they are advanced, or it is too late. Your pet’s dental health program begins with an annual check-up and cleaning by your veterinarian. We are equipped with a digital dental x-ray unit and human dental equipment to ultrasonically scale your pet’s teeth and to give them a fluoride polish for further protection. We also have access to veterinary dental specialists for root canal therapy, tooth capping and more.