Preventing Dental Disease with Pet Dental Care
Your pet’s dental health is a huge contributor to their overall wellbeing. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some stage of periodontal disease by the time they are three years old. At our animal hospital, our emphasis on pet dental care aims to change that for the pets of Roanoke, Salem, and the surrounding communities. Our veterinarians and LVTs perform comprehensive dental care to reverse the effects of dental disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal (dental) disease is an infection of your pet’s teeth and gums due to excessive tartar buildup. Every time your pet eats, some amount of the food particles remain on the teeth as plaque which contains bacteria. Once that plaque hardens, it becomes tartar and causes discoloration on the teeth. The bacteria begin to have a field day, and without any preventive measures to break down tartar, the bacteria will soon cause infection below the gumline. With no treatment, the bacteria could even pass into your pet’s bloodstream and damage internal organs.
We’re determined to never let periodontal disease advance that far!
Hanging Rock Animal Hospital is the BEST in the Roanoke Valley. Dr. Honeycutt and "Dr. Todd" are knowledgeable amazing vets. Their entire staff are caring compassionate people who take their time to know all of the animals and humans that walk through their door. I would and have recommended Hanging Rock Animal Hospital to everyone.
- Sondra S.
Would very highly recommend this animal hospital, as both ladies working at the desk, as well as the doctor (Ashley I believe) were all so sweet and helpful! Thank you!
- Matt L
I've been very happy with the care here. The vets have been thorough, the staff friendly, and the hospital is overall very professional. They have temperature monitoring in place for medication. Allyson, the practice manager, has been supportive, and phenomenal in providing information and accommodating requests. Highly recommend!
- S C.
The staff is so caring and compassionate, and make me feel like family as they remember both my dogs names. I will always take my babies to Hanging Rock!
- Emilee H.
Dr Todd has always taken care of my girls. I moved to Oklahoma and still go back to them to care for them. They Genuinely love the animals they care for. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!
- Melissa L.
Going back for Allie Boo checkup this month Nov2017... Really do like the vets, they take their time with you letting you know about your fur baby .... Will keep going, especially friendly ,great Vets!
- Leasea H.
Preventive Pet Dental Care
The good news is that periodontal disease can be entirely prevented! All it takes is regular cleaning of your pet’s teeth, which falls to both you and us. Our comprehensive procedures both prevent dental disease and can reverse its effects. Dental services at our animal hospital include:
- Thorough oral examination
- Digital dental X-rays (to assess for disease below the gumline)
- Ultrasonic scaling (teeth cleaning)
- Polishing (to smooth teeth and prevent buildup of plaque)
- Extractions (for diseased or broken teeth)
- Oral surgery (for severe cases)
Ideally, your pet should have a dental evaluation every year, accompanied by a professional cleaning. Cleanings not only help remove any built-up tartar, but the polishing treatment smooths out teeth to make it hard for plaque to build up in the first place.
Safety During Every Procedure
Of course, to do all these advanced dental treatments, it is necessary to use anesthesia. While there are risks associated with anesthesia, we do everything we can to ensure the highest standard of safety for your pet. Every pet will receive a pre-anesthetic exam and bloodwork. This helps us evaluate any changes in their condition that could interfere with anesthesia. Then, we use an exact anesthetic protocol for your pet and monitor them closely from start to finish.
Preventive Care at Home
Pet dental care depends on you, too. It is best if you are able to brush your pet’s teeth every day, although we realize this can be difficult or even impossible with busy schedules and uncooperative pets. Luckily, plenty of products exist that help to clean your pet’s teeth, including prescription dental diets, water additives, dental chews and more.
Schedule your dental appointment today and take advantage of our preventive pet dental care. You can also ask us about what products we recommend for you and your pet.