The latest studies suggest approximately 70% of animals have early dental disease by the age of 3 years old. For this reason, VCH recommends early dental care through dry dog and cat food to help remove plaque and tartar. Though very difficult with some animals, we strongly urge clients to begin brushing an animal’s teeth during the early months of life to facilitate easier cleaning and to prevent excess calculus formation. When brushing cannot be accomplished, a supplement with C.E.T dental chews and periodic dental cleaning under anesthesia may be necessary. Luckily, we offer licensed technicians to chip, scale, ultrasonic clean, probe, polish and apply a dental sealant with a fluoride treatment to help decrease the need for dental extractions. Unfortunately despite our best efforts, some teeth develop severe periodontal disease, gingivitis and stomatitis which require extraction. When an extraction is needed, you can be assured that Dr. Bestic is the only person that will be extracting the teeth. If needed, Dr. Bestic will perform a nerve block to lesson pain, a gingival flap to facilitate easier removal and suture the gums to speed recovery.