Dental disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed preventable conditions in dogs and cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by the age of three years. Our hospital believes in wellness care and preventive medicine so we strongly encourage annual teeth cleanings with oral exams under anesthesia. Please visit our page on the steps involved in a teeth cleaning to learn all of the components involved with having your pet’s dental procedure performed at our hospital. A thorough oral exam under anesthesia screens for various abnormalities such as cavities, feline resorptive lesions, fractured teeth, missing teeth, oral lesions and masses, supernumerary teeth (additional teeth), retained teeth, abscesses, and dead teeth. For more information on the treatment options for these conditions, please visit our page on oral surgery and advanced procedures. Research has demonstrated that by preventing periodontal disease (infection in the gum and bone surrounding the teeth), we can add 2 ½ to 3 years of quality life to our pet’s time with us. If you would like to schedule a courtesy dental consultation with us to evaluate your pet’s current oral health status, please call our hospital at 541-758-4509.