Dog Dental Care

Let's get to
the root
of dog dental problems

In order to protect your dog's health, it's important to know what you're up against. These are the most common types of dog dental problems:

Learn about common dog dental diseases

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Did You Know...

80%

Of dogs who don't receive
early dental care have dental
disease by the time they are three

2/3

Of adult dogs have some
form of periodontal disease

30%

Of dogs 5 and older have had teeth extracted

Untreated gums will become inflamed, creating pockets that can harbor harmful bacteria.
Gums may bleed, the roots of your pet’s teeth may be exposed, and teeth may loosen.
Over time the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.
Once in the bloodstream, bacteria can potentially cause liver, kidney and heart disease.

Frequency of dental extractions and associated cost for dogs 3 years and older1

FREE OraStrip® periodontal disease test with paid adult or senior health exam

  • OraStrip provides easy detection of periodontal infection beneath the gum line that often can’t be seen by just looking in the mouth.
  • A positive OraStrip test of 1 or above means your dog has active periodontal infection. Your veterinarian can determine the appropriate treatment plan before irreversible damage occurs.
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Take a bite out of dog dental disease with proper care

The best way to deal with dental problems is prevention! With proper home care, most dental problems are completely preventable.

One of the best prevention tools is a toothbrush. Brushing your dog's teeth regularly can help prevent many of the most serious dental issues. And it's easier than you think.

In addition to brushing, there are many other things you can do at home to ensure your dog's teeth stay healthy - from oral rinses to dental chews.

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Importance of regular dog dental checkups

Bringing your dog in for an annual checkup and cleaning is a vital part of keeping them healthy. During this visit, your dog will be thoroughly checked for any periodontal disease, which includes infection or inflammation of tissues and structures surrounding the teeth.

For minimal stress and discomfort as well as the most optimal evaluation and cleaning, your dog will be under anesthesia and continuously monitored. We’ll perform a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, and if indicated, we’ll perform full-mouth x-rays to detect deeper problems with the tooth roots.

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Know the signs

Check all that apply below and see if your dog is at risk

Congratulations!

You have done a great job keeping your dog's teeth healthy.

Keep up the good work; visit your veterinarian once a year for a thorough dental checkup to keep your dog's teeth clear of trouble.

Beware!

Your dog might be showing signs of periodontal disease.

Visit your veterinarian for a complete oral health examination to find out what's the root of the problem.

Keep your dog’s teeth healthy!

Sign up for our VCA CareClub® Adult Paws+ or Senior Paws+ Plan and you’ll receive:

  • A complete wellness plan for your pet with affordable monthly payments*
  • A FREE OraStrip® periodontal disease test
  • A FREE at-home dental care kit**

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*VCA CareClub® Adult and Senior Paws+ Plans include a complete dental exam, anesthesia, IV fluids, cleaning and polishing. Treatment for dental disease, extractions and pain medication are not included. Not to be combined with any other offer. VCA CareClub® Wellness Plans are pre-paid, preventive pet healthcare plans and are not insurance plans.

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