Dental Care and Radiography

One of the more common medical conditions that we see at Country Place Veterinary Clinic is poor dental health and complications resulting from years of neglected dental care. We recommend routine dental care starting when pets are young to prevent periodontal disease and add years to your pet’s life. Our services include dental cleanings, screenings with our dental radiography unit, and extractions when needed.

We use safe, modern ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly, both above and below the gum line. Our dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface that will be more resistant to plaque buildup. Additionally, since the majority of periodontal disease lies below the gumline, we use digital dental radiography to help identify the disease accurately. This tool is able to show enamel defects, fractures beneath the gum line, bone loss, and oral tumors.

Routine checkups and cleanings from your veterinarian are key factors in keeping your pet healthy. Brushing your pet’s teeth in between cleanings and supplying them with oral hygiene chews are additional preventive measures.

If you notice your pets illustrating the following symptoms, they may be suffering from periodontal disease and should be evaluated.

  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Gum recession and/or gum swelling
  • Pain in or around the mouth
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Swelling of the face
  • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Weight loss

If you live in St. Martinville, Catahoula, or Coteau Holmes, call Country Place Veterinary Clinic today to schedule an appointment for your pet’s dental care.