Woodbridge Pet Dental Services

Your Pet's Dental Examination at Staples Mill Animal Hospital

Protecting your pet's oral health is a priority for Dr. Shane and the medical staff at our animal hospital in Woodbridge.

Your dog or cat can have dental diseases and problems just like you do. That's why regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings at our animal hospital in Woodbridge, combined with good dental hygiene at home, are very important for your pet's overall health and well-being. If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are noticeable. To be sure you're doing all you can to protect your pet's health and keep him or her feeling great, please make our affordable dental examinations and cleanings a part of your pet's regular preventive care plan.

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Dr. Shane and her medical team believe the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam in our dedicated dental suite followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup. At our animal hospital, your Woodbridge pet's dental appointment includes:

  • Oral examination under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Supra and subgingival ultrasonic scaling
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and offer dental treatment options for your pet. We are experienced pet dentists and can offer a number of dental procedures, including extractions and oral surgeries.

woodbridge pet dentistsCaring for Your Pet's Teeth at Home

At home, you should brush your pet's teeth as well as check them regularly for any signs of problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important act you can do to maintain your companion's good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing your pet's teeth dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a member of the staff at Staples Mill Animal Hospital for instructions. We are happy to help.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Symptoms of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath (one of the first signs of dental disease)
  • 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
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Staples Mill Animal Hospital today at (703) 897-0100 for an appointment. Your pet does not need to spend any more time experiencing oral discomfort.

If you would like more information about the veterinary dental services for dogs and cats we offer or to schedule an appointment, please call (703) 897-0100.