Routine dental exams and dental care are important in your pet’s oral health as well as your pet’s general health. If left unmanaged, tartar and plaque buildup in your pet’s mouth can cause gingivitis and periodontal disease and can send bacteria into the bloodstream and vital organs such as the kidneys, heart, lungs, liver and even the brain. Prevention is the key to caring for your pet’s oral health. Dental examinations should be performed every 6-12 months. Your pet’s teeth should be brushed daily and dental cleanings are performed as needed. Our staff at the Rt. 516 Animal Hospital has been specially trained in advanced dental procedures and offers a full range of dental care including routine dental prophylaxis, digital dental radiographs, periodontal services and oral surgeries.