Dental Health

Why dental health is important.

Did you know about 85% of dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease? Proper dental care is critical to a pet's overall good health. If oral infection such as periodontal disease is left untreated, bacteria can travel through the bloodstream and damage heart, kidneys, and liver. Animals can suffer the same kinds of dental problems as humans, including infection, severe pain, and fractured teeth.

Periodontal Disease warning signs include: sad dog

  • Bad breath
  • Tartar (yellow) buildup on the teeth
  • Swollen, receding, or bleeding gums
  • Change in eating habits
  • Excessive drooling
  • Fractured or abscessed teeth

Anesthetic dentals versus non-anesthetic dentals.

Our skilled Hillside team will perform an oral examination, and the findings will serve as the preliminary anesthetic or non-anesthetic dental treatment plan. A comprehensive evaluation of your pet's dental health can only be determined if your pet is placed under general anesthesia, allowing your veterinarian to take dental x-rays and perform a thorough dental exam. Non-anesthetic dentistry is generally offered to patients with stage 1 periodontal disease (healthy gums and mild tartar). Non-anesthetic dentistry is also used as a helpful tool to prevent future dental problems after an anesthetic dentistry has been performed. Patients with unhealthy gums, moderate to heavy tartar, loose or fractured teeth will require anesthesia to allow us to perform the dentistry and the necessary x-rays.

    Dental x-rays help us view the hidden.

    Dental care is an important part of keeping pets healthy. Just like you and me, pets need dental x-rays, too. X-rays help us view and then appropriately treat teeth and bone that are hidden from view.


    Examining a pet's mouth can be compared to a wrapped present: you may be able to guess what's inside by looking at the box, but until you open it, you'll never know what's within.


    Dental x-ray allows your veterinarian to examine teeth, bone, and the supporting structures below the gum line. X-rays often reveal hidden and painful conditions, and for that reason Hillside Veterinary Clinic performs dental x-rays for all of our anesthetic dental procedures.

    Radiographs can help identify:

    • Fractures
    • Cancer
    • Resorptive leasions (a painful condition)
    • Remaining roots from previous extractions



    At first look we can only see a fractured maxillary incisor.



    Upon further investigation and performing a dental radiograph, it reveals a painful abscess at the base of the root and the need to extract the tooth.


      Dental preventative care.

      Dental care for animals is similar to dental care for humans, only animals can't brush their own teeth. To prevent dental problems, select one or more of these options:

      • Brush pet's teeth with specially formulated pet toothpaste. Do not use toothpaste formulated for humans. Click to download our step by step guide: "How To Brush Your Pet's Teeth"
      • Use C.E.T. Enzyme chews daily to help breakdown plaque and tartar
      • Schedule regular professional teeth cleanings by Hillside Veterinary Clinic

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