Pet Dental Care

Believe it or not, dogs and cats are diagnosed with dental disease more than any other infection.  Nobody wants their pet suffering from a painful inflammatory condition in which bacteria attack the gingiva and bone tissues support the teeth.  Regular oral preventative care and dentistry can aid in removing harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar that damages your pet’s teeth.  Infections in the mouth can also cause serious disease that can affect your pet’s vital organs (heart, kidneys, liver, etc.).

Like people, animals need professional teeth cleaning on a routine basis.  We will take care of removing plaque, tartar and any compromised teeth during a dental cleaning procedure.  Our dental radiography unit helps to diagnose tooth disease below the tooth.  This conveniently allows us to address any concerns while a dental is being performed on your pet.  The follow up and prevention you do at home is just as important (ie. brushing, appropriate chewing devices, and diet).

Home dental care can save your pet from irreversible oral/dental disease.  Research has shown that your pet’s overall health will improve with routine dental care, thereby decreasing illness and medical expenses.

Please consider one or more of the following to aid you in preventing dental disease in your pet.


We have specially designed toothbrushes and finger brushes along with flavored pet safe toothpaste for your pets.  Avoid using human toothpaste because it can upset your pet’s stomach.

Topical treatments and/or Chews

Giving your pet appropriate chew toys and feeding them hard or coarse textured food can also help remove plaque.  If you cannot brush the teeth, we also have a spray/flush for plaque removal that is easy to administer.

If your pet displays any of the following clinical signs then serious periodontal disease may be present:

  • BAD BREATH- one of the first signs of dental disease.
  • TARTER- a yellowish-brown buildup on the teeth near the gum line.
  • RED and SWOLLEN GUMS or gingivitis.
  • PAIN or BLEEDING when eating or when the gingiva is touched/brushed.

Please call us to set up an appointment to discuss dental care and what you can do to keep your pet’s teeth and body healthy! WE WILL BE OFFERING DISCOUNTED DENTAL PROCEDURES FOR YOUR PETS FREQUENTLY. PLEASE WATCH THE “NEWS” LINK ON OUR HOME PAGE OR CALL US REGARDING OUR SPECIAL OFFERS!

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Animal Medical Center
229 N. US Hwy 31 South
Traverse City, MI 49685

(231) 943-8500

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Our Hours

Monday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday: 7:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
Select Saturdays: 8:00am – Noon
Sunday: Closed

After-Hour Emergency?

Please call Bay Area Pet Hospital

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