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  • Dental diseases are the most common diseases of dogs and cats but at the same time are the most under diagnosed and under treated diseases in veterinary medicine. 
  • Diagnostic dental radiographs are essential for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of disease
  • Anesthesia can be performed safely on most animals with close monitoring and attention to detail
  • As creatures of instinct, animals do not have an effective way of communicating their pain.
  • Animals with pain and/or infection usually eat just fine.
  • Animals with dental pain will usually continue to play with their favorite toys
  • Bad breath is not normal; it is a sign of disease
  • Teeth are not essential to survival for a pet dog or cat.
  • A puppy has 28 baby teeth which should all be gone by 6 months of age
  • Adult dogs have 42 permanent teeth
  • A kitten has 26 baby teeth which should all be gone by 6 months of age
  • Adult cats have 30 permanent teeth
  • Pets without teeth eat dry food and enjoy a pain free mouth
  • Animals typically do not slow down with age; they slow down because of pain or infection.
  • 26% of dogs have a broken tooth
  • 90% of dogs and cats over 4 years of age have periodontal disease (only 3% receive treatment)
  • Up to 67% of cats have painful tooth resorption
  • Animals in the wild survive with oral disease but typically live less than 5 years. We want our pets around much longer and want them to be free of pain and infection.

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You have found our website either because you have been referred to us or you are looking for safe and effective dental care for your pet. This page was created to share some interesting thoughts or facts that come up in conversations with pet owners. There are links below with additional information. Please enjoy.