Oral Health

A great resource for all your dental questions can be found at the

American Veterinary Dental College.




Oral health and periodontal disease is the most common condition affecting dogs and cats, but is often detected only when serious problems arise. Periodontal disease involves bone and gum tissue loss caused by bacterial infection beneath the gumline, often leading to severe pain. Because the disease is often below the gumline, it is difficult to detect and often not visible. Regular dental under anesthesia with radiographs (x-rays) is the only way to prevent and treat periodontal disease.

Signs of poor oral health:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Tartar/plaque buildup
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Drooling or bleeding
  • Dropping food
  • Pain on touching the mouth area
  • Loss of appetite or weight

Dental disease is the most preventible disease in veterinary medicine. Home care and annual veterinary dental care are equally important in combatting this disease. Daily brushing remains the gold standard of oral health.

  • Home dental care
    • Daily or every other day brushing
    • VOHC certified diets (Hill’s t/d, Royal Canin Dental)
    • VOHC certified chew treats
    • VOHC certified water additives
    • Avoiding damaging objects (e.g. sticks, cooked bones, etc.)
  • Annual veterinary dental care
    • Annual oral exam
    • Regular dental cleanings under anesthesia (examination, radiographs, scaling and polishing, treatment of any diseased teeth, fluoride treatment)


 VOHC Certification


The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC®) is an internationally recognized group of veterinary dentists that exists to objectively certify commercially available products for plaque and tartar control in dogs and cats. Through clinical trials, products are approved and given the VOHC Seal of Approval.

When choosing oral hygiene products for your pets, make sure to look for the VOHC Seal of Approval, or check their website for a list of approved products.


Dental Procedures

Dental procedures at NVPC are performed under general anesthesia. After a dental consultation or annual exam, your veterinarian can provide you with a quote for a dental cleaning based on your pet’s individual needs. Your pet may require antibiotics prior to a dental cleaning, and will be sent home with pain medications as well.



Procedures include:

  • Thorough examination of oral cavity and probing around each tooth to check for periodontal disease
  • Radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate dental structure below the gumline (invisible to the naked eye)
  • Scaling to remove any bacteria, plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and under the gumline
  • Treatment of existing periodontal disease
  • Extractions of diseased teeth
  • Polishing to fill in any grooves (which bacteria love to hide in!) ensuring a smooth tooth surface
  • Fluoride treatment & Chlorhexidine rinse
  • Complimentary ear cleaning and nail trim
  • Complimentary dental kit to go home with (Hill’s t/d 4kg promotional bag, toothbrush, toothpaste)