Bethlehem Veterinary Dentistry
Happy Pets Have Healthy Smiles
An important but often forgotten element of your pet’s overall wellness is dental care. Dental disease is the most common disease affecting cats and dogs - don’t let it happen to your pet! At Wright Veterinary Medical Center, our Bethlehem veterinarians are ready to help you protect your pet’s smile with comprehensive dental care. As an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited animal hospital, we are proud to offer the latest in dental and surgical technologies that will help keep your pet smiling for many years to come.
Periodontal Disease & Your Pet
Dental disease, also known as periodontal disease, is commonly found in cats and dogs - and humans! Periodontal disease is caused by an excess buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a bacterial film that occurs in cats, dogs, and humans alike. Usually, regular brushing is enough to keep plaque at bay and your mouth healthy. However, your pet isn’t able to brush their own teeth, which can result in a buildup of plaque that moves below the gumline and infects the tissues holding your pet’s teeth in place. This can cause inflammation, pain, and even loss of teeth. In advanced cases, periodontal disease can also cause permanent damage to your pet’s jaw bones.
Symptoms of periodontal disease to watch out for:
- Smelly breath (halitosis)
- Blood in saliva or water dish
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty or avoiding eating
If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, schedule an appointment with our Bethlehem veterinary team right away. We can help get your pet’s smile sparkling again.
Dental Cleaning at Wright Veterinary Medical Center
If your pet’s case of periodontal disease passes a certain point, our Bethlehem veterinary team may recommend a professional dental cleaning under general anesthesia. As an AAHA accredited animal hospital, Wright Veterinary Medical Center boasts a state-of-the-art dental suite that will keep your pet safely monitored throughout their dental cleaning.
Your pet’s dental cleaning will look similar to a cleaning you would get from your own dentist. We use similar tools to those used by human dentists to scale and polish your pet’s teeth, making sure to fully remove plaque from the teeth before we apply an anti-plaque treatment to help deter future plaque buildup. If necessary, we may need to perform extractions of infected teeth.
After your pet’s teeth are clean and sparkling again, our Bethlehem veterinary team will send you and your pet home with detailed aftercare instructions. We’ll also help you learn how to brush your pet’s teeth at home - it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds! We want to help your pet live a long, healthy life with a healthy smile.
Our Compassionate Staff Follows Practices Designed to Reduce Fear, Anxiety, & Stress in Our Patients
We Strive to Find the Answers as Fast as Possible to Help Your Pet and You Feel Better
We Advocate for You & Your Pet to Provide the Best Care Possible
AAHA Accredited Veterinary Hospital
“We appreciate the kindness and care given to our dogs by Jen and her staff during grooming. They were very accommodating to our needs as the type of grooming we request changes depending on the season.”- Susan
“I brought two of my little pets to the veterinary medical center to be euthanized and they were very compassionate and understood how sad it made me to put them to sleep.”- Melissa S.
“This Vet staff is awesome! Dr. Hull has been extremely patient with our family as we navigate the world of a new kitten. She goes above and beyond to make sure my kitten is safe as well as my worries calmed! Highly recommend this medical center!”- Kristen E.