Cat and Dog Teeth Cleaning
in Derry, NH

Did you know 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show

signs of dental disease

by the time they are three years old? At Derry Animal Hospital, we can provide pet dental care for all dogs and cats in Londonderry, Chester, and the surrounding areas. We can help ensure your pet’s teeth are clean and healthy through annual dental appointments and educating pet owners on proper at-home care between visits.

or call us at (603) 432-3700.

Does My Pet Need Dental Care?

There are a variety of symptoms that may indicate it’s time to schedule a cat or dog teeth cleaning with the Derry Animal Hospital team, including:

Bad breath

Loose, broken or missing teeth

Discoloration or tartar build up

Excessive chewing or drooling

Reduced appetite or inability to chew

At-Home Pet Dental Care

While yearly teeth cleanings are essential to keeping your pet’s teeth clean and healthy, maintenance between dental visits also plays an important part of their oral health. We recommend routinely brushing and examining your pet’s teeth. This can help reduce the risk of gingivitis and decrease the frequency of dental appointments. If you have any questions about at-home dental care, the team at Derry Animal Hospital is here to help you provide safe and effective care for your companion.

Frequently Asked Pet Dental Care Questions

Pet dental care is like dental care for humans, as it requires regular upkeep and routine services to maintain your dog or cat’s well-being. Like humans, oral health can influence your pet’s overall health as well, which is why consistent cat and dog teeth cleaning, examinations, and adequate at-home care is vital to helping your pet lead a happy and healthy life. When your pet comes in for a dental appointment at Derry Animal Hospital, we can provide the following dental services:

  • Full mouth examination under anesthesia
  • Digital X-rays
  • Ultrasonic scaling above and below the gum line
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation

We can also provide treatment for any issues we may discover while examining and cleaning your pet’s teeth.

Dental radiology, or dental X-rays aid in every dental procedure we perform at Derry Animal Hospital. Only 50% of your pet’s teeth are visible during a comprehensive oral examination, and dental X-rays allow our team to examine the teeth below the gum line and check for any hidden issues or disease including root abscesses, root fractures, severe bone loss of the jaw and cystic lesions.

  • Supragingival and Subgingival Cleaning – We will clean the plaque and tartar build up above and below your pet’s gum line to help avoid the development of dental disease.
  • Assessment – Your veterinarian will examine your pet’s entire mouth to check for any irregularities such as tongue or lip lesions, deep pockets in the gums around the teeth and loose, broken, or discolored teeth.
  • Advanced Dental Imaging – Dental X-rays are recommended for every pet so your veterinarian can assess any issues invisible to the naked eye.
  • Polishing – When we clean your pet’s teeth, this may cause the surface to roughen which encourages plaque and calculus buildup. Polishing will smooth out the surface and help reduce the risk of buildup.
  • Fluoride Treatment – We also provide a fluoride treatment to help strengthen the enamel of your pet’s teeth, lessen tooth sensitivity, and reduce the development of Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions.
  • Treatments – Then, we will address any of the problems or irregularities we previously uncovered during the assessment. We will review our recommended treatment options with you and discuss payment.
  • Prevention – Preventive care in between dental appointments is the best way to maintain your dog or cat’s oral health.

It’s not unusual for pets to hide any signs or symptoms of pain. Most often, you may not even notice your pet is in pain because they continue to eat and act normally. If you notice frequent licking, heavy breathing, changes in posture or sleep routines, this may indicate your pet is in pain. Please contact Derry Animal Hospital if you have any questions and our knowledgeable team can help provide guidance on how best to care for your pet.

Get the best care for your best friend.

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