Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital

42902 Waxpool Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4525



Professional Pet Dentistry:

What's, Why's, & How's


Broadlands / Ashburn, VA - Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital - Pet Dental Health


The Importance of a Clean and Healthy Mouth            

Prevention of dental disease is an important component of veterinary care.  Dentists recommend that people brush their teeth twice per day, floss regularly, and have a professional cleaning twice per year.  It is just as important for your pet to have good oral hygiene.  Without proper dental care, the bacteria below the gum line can spread through the bloodstream, causing heart, liver, and kidney problems.

  Some signs of dental disease:

Broadlands / Ashburn, VA - Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital - Digital Dental X-ray

Stream Valley's digital dental radiography unit

  • Bad breath
  • Tartar buildup
  • Tooth loss
  • Difficulty eating

Professional Veterinary Oral Exams  

Part of a routine health examination includes an oral exam.  The veterinarian will determine the stage of dental disease and determine if a professional cleaning is needed.  Dental cleanings may only be done by veterinary professionals.  It is a simple, routine procedure that may help add years to your pet's life.  The procedure is similar to a person having a cleaning by a dental hygienist, except the pet is under anesthesia during the process.

What is Involved in the Dental Cleaning?

  • Pre-anesthetic blood work will be performed to check for any liver or kidney problems to ensure the anesthesia will be safely processed out of the system.
  • Intravenous fluids will be administered to hydrate your pet as well as help control the blood pressure during anesthesia.
  • Plaque and tartar will be removed from the teeth and below the gum line with specialized instruments.
  • Dental radiographs will be taken to check teeth roots and to determine if any teeth may need to be removed.

Check out this detailed video of a routine dental exam, cleaning, and x-rays demonstrated by Stream Valley's own Practice Manager/Licensed Veterinary Technician Shannon and our brave and beautiful patient Bella!  Bella's featured dental is a routine procedure (without extractions or other surgery needed), performed under the guidance and supervision of our veterinarians:

 To learn even more, check out the American Veterinary Dental College's "Information for Owners" and the AVDC's information regarding the Veterinary Oral Health Council