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Dental disease is preventable!
Dental disease is preventable!

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Why is Dental Disease Serious?

Because bacteria from your pets’ infected mouth gets in to their blood circulation and eventually leads to heart, liver, kidney, and bone and joint disease, including organ failure.


Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable.  By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner, and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. As a result, periodontal disease is usually under-treated, and may cause multiple problems in the oral cavity and may be associated with damage to internal organs in some patients as they age.

The American Veterinary Dental College

Signs of Dental Pain

If you have ever suffered from a cavity, broken tooth, abscess, or sore gums - you know what that pain feels like. Pets are very good at hiding their signs of pain.  Most pets will continue eating, even hard food, despite severe mouth pain. This is why it's essential to schedule regular dental exams for your pet.

Regular Dental Exams Will Save You Money

Regular dental cleanings and exams will prevent your pet from developing serious complications from dental disease which will be more expensive to treat. Your pet will also live a longer more comfortable life.

What's the Treatment Like?

The dental treatment itself is similar to a human dental cleaning - tartar removal, checking for cavities, gingival (gum) pockets, loose teeth, any growths on the gums or palate, removal of diseased teeth, and finally, polishing. The polishing is to smooth the tooth after tartar removal, as the tartar pits the tooth. A smooth tooth will not encourage tartar formation as easily as a roughened tooth.

Both of these teeth appeared normal during an exam. However, x rays revealed that the width of the pulp canal on the right indicated tooth death and need a root canal.

Why Dental X-Rays Necessary

Since only 30% of each tooth is visible to the naked eye (above the gum line), 70% of possible dental disease remains hidden. Without dental x-rays, we’ll never know

That is why we recommend complete dental cleanings and exams, including dental x-rays, for your pet.

Your pet's health is in your hands.

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ABC Veterinary Hospital
We are a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in San Marcos, California. The professional and courteous staff at ABC Veterinary Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for our highly-valued patients.

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