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Consistent winner of Frederick's Best Vet 2007-2022!

The Highest Standard of Pet Dental Care for Frederick County, MD Pets

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Veterinary dental care begins during the first year of life. Our veterinarians evaluate young pets for problems related to baby teeth, missing or extra teeth, swelling, and oral development. In adult pets, we look for developmental anomalies, plaque and tartar, periodontal disease, loose or broken teeth, and oral tumors.

There are three critical components of pet dental care:

  • Regular oral examinations
  • Professional dental cleanings
  • A home dental care regimen

Veterinarians perform a basic oral examination on pets that are awake. However, a short-lasting anesthetic is required to provide a complete and thorough examination and dental cleaning.

The veterinarians of Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital recommend annual oral examinations and dental cleanings under general anesthesia for all adult dogs and cats. We further recommend the following:

  • Pre-anesthetic exam—To help ensure the safety of your pet
  • Anesthesia monitoring—Of your pet’s vital signs such as body temperature, heart rate, and respiration
  • Dental radiographs—X-rays of the teeth are needed to completely evaluate your pet’s oral health
  • Scaling & Polishing—We use similar instruments as human dentists to remove plaque and calculus from your pet’s teeth
  • Fluoride/sealants—To strengthen and desensitize teeth and decrease future plaque build-up

Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital provides routine dental prophylaxis, including general anesthesia, a full oral exam, ultrasonic scaling and polishing of the teeth, fluoride treatment, and the application of a dental sealant. Our digital dental X-rays and high-speed equipment offer your pet the finest in veterinary dental technology. Pre-anesthetic bloodwork is also available and strongly recommended for all pets to identify potential health problems that could affect your animal’s response to anesthesia.

Health and safety are our first priority as we maintain the highest standard of care for your pet.

Dental Home Care

A variety of home dental care strategies are now available to pet owners. In addition, we are happy to demonstrate tooth brushing techniques for your pet, and we carry a supply of oral preventive pet care products for your convenience.

Simply download our Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital Dental Home Care handout for an overview of dental care options or request a copy at your next visit.

If your pet requires advanced dental procedures, such as major reconstructions or root canal, we will refer you to veterinary specialists.

Other pet dental forms you may wish to review are available for download:

Complete information about our dental service is outlined on the above Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital Dental Form. A member of our staff will happily review any dental care service options with you, in detail, prior to your pet’s procedure.

Feel free to call us for current pricing on any pet dental service or discuss it with us at your next visit.