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Andover Animal Hospital


Annual dental exams and cleanings are recommended to protect your pet from many health problems and help them maintain a healthy and clean mouth.


Dental care for dogs and cats is an important part of their overall health plan. You know that when your teeth hurt, you hurt all over. More than 85% of dogs and cats over four years of age have some form of periodontal disease, which can lead to pain and tooth loss. It can also lead to bacterial infection that can spread throughout the bloodstream and damage the heart, liver, and kidneys.

For this reason, every exam includes a dental evaluation. Regular dental care will help your pet remain pain-free and ensure a longer healthier life! Be assured that all dental cleanings are performed by our Certified/Registered Veterinary Technicians; only a veterinarian will perform an extraction if needed.

Ask about our competitively-priced dental packages that include pre-anesthetic bloodwork.

When should I seek dental care for my pet?

Dental issues and dental related diseases can easily be prevented by visiting our veterinarians regularly for dental examinations and cleanings. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health assessment, treatment, and prevention.

How does it work?

Teeth Exams, Cleaning, and Polishing

Dog and cat dental cleanings are very similar to human dental cleanings, except that we are required to use anesthesia to properly and safely examine and clean the teeth. After the cleaning, our veterinarians perform a thorough oral exam and check for signs of disease like gum loss, root exposure, or pockets around the root.

Also similar to human dentistry, we do full mouth radiographs (x-rays) of your pet. This allows our veterinarians to be able to evaluate the roots of your pet's teeth as well as any disease or abnormalities that are located below the gum line and not visible on examination alone.

Tooth Extractions

We make every effort to save teeth that we feel have a chance to be successfully treated. In many circumstances, however, periodontal disease is so advanced that treatment without extraction is unsuccessful. We only extract teeth that in the doctor's opinion are beyond saving.

Minor Oral Surgery

Many teeth require oral surgery to safely remove each individual root. We have extensive training and experience to perform these procedures properly. Pain medications are administered in clinic and provided for in-home aftercare.