Dental care is vital to the overall health of any pet. Dental disease can lead to health issues with the heart, liver, and kidneys, and can affect the entire body through the bloodstream. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over three years of age suffer from some form of dental disease, making it the most common pet health issue among our pet population.

Here at Animal House Veterinary Clinic we are proud to use digital dental radiology when examining and treating your pet. Our digital x-rays allow us to see the internal anatomy of your dog or cat’s teeth, roots, and bone that surrounds the roots. Traditional x-rays which use film do not offer the same advantages as digital dental radiology. Unlike film, our digital x-rays provide us with excellent picture quality, as well as immediate photos of the jaw or individual teeth.

Digital dental radiology helps us to diagnose hidden conditions which would otherwise go unnoticed. Some conditions which digital dental x-rays aid the doctor in discovering include fractured or broken roots, tooth resorption, cysts, tumors, and more.

Many pet owners are not aware of the importance of dental care to their pet’s health. There are a lot of different ways to improve your pet’s dental hygiene, including home brushing, dental chews, and regular inspection.

The most effective way to protect your pet from dental disease is through professional cleanings. We perform thorough cleanings here at Animal House Veterinary Clinic, including the area beneath the gums that you can’t see or access at home.

If your pet has brown/yellow teeth, bad breath, or is having difficulty eating, these could all be signs of dental disease. Please contact us at (828) 524-9990 today to learn more and schedule your pet’s dental cleaning.