General Dentistry

Bad breath is not a sign of good health in pets! 


Dental care is a very important part of keeping your pet healthy.  Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in dogs and cats.  Most pets over the age of 3 have some form of dental disease.  Good dental care for your pet will help prevent gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth loss, potential infection to other organ systems and pain.

Menlyn Animal Clinic offers the following general dental services:

  • Complete dental exam and digital dental x-rays

  • Evaluation of each tooth for evidence of mobility, fractures, malocclusion and periodontal disease

  • Professional scaling to clean and remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and under the gum line

  • High-speed polishing with a fluoride paste to return the enamel to a smooth surface less conducive to accumulating plaque

  • Oral surgery (i.e., tooth removal)

  • Pain control before, during and after your pet’s operation

  • Instructions for home dental care and product recommendations

General dentistry requires your pet to be under anaesthesia for the procedure.  We perform full physical screenings and blood work prior to surgical procedures to ensure that your pet is a good candidate for anaesthesia. We also use pain management techniques that are appropriate for your pet’s age, breed, and current health status. All animals that undergo surgery have their blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm, and blood oxygen levels monitored by a specially designated qualified veterinary nurse.  Most pets go home the same day as the dental procedure.

Brushing your dog AND cat’s teeth every day will reduce or eliminate plaque buildup.  Plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria, will progress to periodontitis, which is characterized by pockets of chronic infection, oral pain, and severe infections.  Left untreated, it will eventually loosen and destroy the tooth and possibly lead to bone loss.

Brushing your pet’s teeth at the same time each day with a pet toothpaste (do not use human toothpaste) and a brushing device (toothbrush, finger brush, gauze on your finger, etc.) is the most effective means of removing plaque from your pet’s teeth. If you have any questions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, please give us a call.

Signs of Dental Disease in your Dog or Cat:

  • Bad breath

  • Yellow, brown or discolored teeth

  • Loose teeth

  • Red, inflamed gums

  • Swollen mouth, jaws or gums

  • Doesn’t play with chew toys as often

  • Pain when eating

  • Reduced appetite

  • Weight loss

If your pet is experiencing any of these signs or you have concerns about your dog or cat’s oral health, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.