Dental Care

Dental health is an essential aspect of a pet’s overall well-being! Undetected and untreated dental problems in pets, just like humans, can lead to more severe issues like lung, heart, and kidney disease. Dogs and cats don’t brush their teeth on their own! And dental treats and occasional brushing may help but are usually insufficient to ward off gingivitis and dental tartar. As part of our routine physical examinations, we perform dental assessments and recommend a professional dental cleaning needed. When cleaning the teeth, we remove all the tartar- both visible and below the gums, X-ray all teeth looking for hidden cavities and decay, remove diseased teeth (discussing with you, of course), and finally polish those new pearly whites.  We’re committed to excellent oral care for your pet.

District Veterinary Hospitals offer complete pet oral health services, including:

  • Dental exams
  • Annual dental cleanings
  • Dental X-rays
  • Extraction of diseased teeth
  • Polishing of teeth

Signs of Dental Diseases

  • Red inflamed gums (gingivitis)
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Tartar (calculus)
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Reluctance to eat due to dental pain 
  • Loose teeth

Preventive Dental Care

Brushing your pet’s teeth daily is the best way to prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Interested in learning how to brush your pet’s teeth? Just ask and our veterinarians will be happy to help you get started. If you have a pet that won’t tolerate brushing, our veterinarians can also recommend products that will help keep your pet’s mouth healthy in between cleanings.

To Request an Appointment for a dental exam or cleaning, call us at 202-827-1230.

What's Next

  • 1

    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

  • 2

    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

  • 3

    Put a plan together for your pet.