At Crossroads Pet Hospital, we consider your pet’s dental hygiene to be a critical part of their overall healthcare regimen. As soon as dogs and cats reach the age of 3, they’re susceptible to dental disease, which is why we recommend an annual dental appointment for exams and cleaning.

Our team members at Crossroads Pet Hospital have extensive training in canine and feline dentistry to keep your pet’s mouth and teeth in optimal condition. When your pet visits our clinic, they’re in good hands!


Many pet owners know that bad breath can signify a greater dental issue. However, bad breath isn’t the only symptom of dental problems in your pet. Be on the lookout for:

  • Residue along the gumline, often yellow or brown
  • Inflamed and irritated gums
  • Drooling excessively and often
  • Unable to hold onto food
  • Irritability, sleeping more often, and not wanting to play
  • Blood-tinged saliva
  • Rubbing and pawing at the mouth

Protect your pet from dental disease with support from Crossroads Pet Hospital


Our dedicated team will use the dental appointment to examine your pet’s mouth and fix any immediate concerns. Here’s what you can expect when you visit Crossroads Pet Hospital:

  • Before the exam begins, we conduct blood work to ensure your pet is in a healthy state for anesthesia
  • Next, under carefully monitored anesthesia, we’ll take digital X-rays of your pet’s teeth to get a clear picture below the gum lines
  • Our skilled veterinarians will complete an oral exam, where we’ll look for growths, signs of disorders, and specific tooth issues
  • After examining, we’ll clean with state-of-the-art equipment (ultrasonic scaler and hand scaler) and polish the teeth

The exam and digital X-rays will help us understand if further steps are needed for optimal dental health, including teeth extractions and dental disease treatment. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way so you’re fully informed about your pet’s dental health!

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We recommend that your pet has a dental exam and cleaning once a year. However, if your pet has a tendency to chew abrasive substances—rocks, tennis balls, bones, and more—then we might need to see your pet more than once a year.

At Crossroads Pet Hospital, we take pride in providing customized health programs for every patient—including dental care! If you think your pet has signs of dental disease, needs an urgent appointment, or just want to learn more about our approach to dental care, we want to hear from you!

Preventing Dental Disease at Home

Dental care doesn’t need to pause between appointments. Keep your pet’s pearly whites in good shape by doing the following at home:

  • Try to brush your pet’s teeth daily
  • If brushing is out of the question, seek toys specifically made for tooth health
  • Encourage your pet to eat teeth-healthy food (with your veterinarian’s approval, of course) to scrape plaque off of their teeth
  • Buy treats, such as OraVetChews, that can help clean teeth and reduce plaque

Dental care starts at home. If you need guidance to keep dental disease at bay for your pet, get in touch!

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