Barrington Pet Dental Care

Veterinary Dental Specialist for Your Pet

Barrington VeterinariansTo protect your pet's health and keep him or her feeling great, regular dental check-ups with Dr. Stapleton at Barrington Animal Hospital combined with good dental hygiene at home is a very important part of your dog's or cat's preventive health care program.

Keeping your pet's teeth and gums healthy is vital to maintaining his or her overall well-being and helping ensure your pet leads the best life possible. To provide your pet with the best dental care available, Dr. Stapleton offers you and your pet a unique level of skill and training when it comes to your pet's oral health. One of only 10 board-certified veterinary dental specialists in Illinois, she is a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. Dr. Stapleton has received the highest level of veterinary dentistry training that is possible.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's overall health before symptoms are noticeable.

Your Pet's Dental Examination

For optimal oral health, Dr. Stapleton and the Barrington Animal Hospital medical team believe that the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete annual oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

Cleaning your Dog's teeth
At our veterinary hospital in Barrington, your pet's dental appointment includes:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Digital X-rays
  • Supra and subgingival scaling
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation
  • Fluoride application

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet. As experienced dental practitioners we are capable of offering a wide range of dental procedures and oral surgeries.

In Between Cleanings: Dental Care at Home

Dental Before and AfterYou can prevent serious dental problems by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at 6 months of age and then annually. In between visits to your Cook County veterinarian at Barrington Animal Hospital, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a staff member at Barrington Animal Hospital for instructions.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Symptoms of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath - one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Barrington Animal Hospital today at (847) 381-4100 for an appointment so your pet does not spend any more time suffering with oral discomfort.

For more information on Barrington Animal Hospital's pet dental services in Barrington, Illinois, please send an email or call us at (847) 381-4100.