Veterinary Dental Care for Pets

This service is available at:
Bulger Veterinary Hospital

Practicing good dental hygiene is important to your pet’s overall health. Tartar and plaque build-up on your pet’s teeth can cause both minor and serious health problems. Aside from bad breath, your pet may develop gum recession, cavities, periodontitis, and loose teeth.

Research data has shown a clear link between dental disease and many common health problems, such as heart, liver, lung, and kidney disease. During a physical examination, our experienced veterinary team can recommend a dental program suited to your pet’s needs.

If you would like to learn more about how we provide high-quality dental care, please call the team at Bulger Veterinary Hospital in North Andover at 978.682.9905

Dentistry at Bulger: Cleanings, Surgery and Treatments

Ensuring proper dental care calls for a joint effort between the pet owner and the veterinarian. In addition to regular deep cleanings at the veterinary hospital, dogs and cats should also have a regular tooth brushing daily, or at least twice a week.

Prophylactic Cleanings

Preventative dental cleanings, under anesthesia, are recommended at regular intervals to preserve oral health. Just like human teeth, pet teeth accumulate plaque and tartar. Without providing appropriate veterinary dental care for your pets, periodontal disease develops, leading to severe gingivitis and ultimately tooth loss; this preventable condition affects over 80% of pets over the age of two.

A prophylactic cleaning involves:

  • Pre-anesthetic workup, including physical examination and bloodwork
  • Anesthesia
  • Oral examination and probing
  • Ultrasonic scaling to remove tartar from above the gumline
  • Hand scaling to remove tartar from below the gumline
  • Dental x-rays if needed
  • Polishing to remove scratches created during the above process

Treatment of Periodontal Disease

When left untreated, periodontal disease progresses to a point where more advanced therapies are required. Our doctors are trained and equipped for the following procedures:

  • Interpretation of dental x-rays
  • Complete periodontal examination
  • Extraction of teeth, both simple and surgical
  • Open curettage (removal of tartar by surgically lifting up portions of the gums for better exposure)
  • Guided tissue regeneration (attempted repair of large pockets with use of bone-regeneration materials and surgical repositioning of gum flaps)

If you think your pet may be in need of a dental cleaning or treatment, contact our team at Bulger Veterinary Hospital in North Andover, MA today. We’ll ensure your pet receives the dental care they need!

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