West Chester Veterinary Center
7330 Liberty Way, West Chester OH 45069 - Phone: 513-755-2273

Pets Need Dental Care, too...

We believe that dental care is a cornerstone of your pet’s heath as they age. We emphasize routine dental care and are happy to explain how to care for your pet’s teeth at home. With advancing age, some dental problems become more severe and require more advanced treatment. Untreated dental disease (heavy plaque or tartar, gingivitis, tooth decay and infection) can lead to heart, liver, and kidney disease in dogs and cats. The longer dental disease goes untreated the more damage is done, and the more costly it becomes to treat it. We have advanced options for dental care and have new state of the art dental equipment.  

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Dental XRays are an important part of the veterinarian's tool kit in determining the health of your pet's teeth. If you look in your pet's mouth, you only see the crown (top part) of the tooth. There is a lot going on under the gum line that can not be seen without XRays! We use tooth XRays to ensure that we are properly treating all of your pets teeth. We offer full mouth dental XRays as part of our comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment for your pet during their dental cleaning. 

We believe quality dental care should be affordable for all pets and thus offer the lowest cost dental plans in the area. If you have a question about your pets dental health, please give us a call. 

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We would be happy to offer your pet a free oral examination.  Prevention is best, so don't ignore that bad breath. This could be your warning sign for bacteria and infection.

Extend your pets life with proper dental care.

The adult canine mouth has forty-two teeth, ten more their human caretakers.  Proper dental care has been shown to extend, on average, the life of dogs studied by two years. Most people are not aware that their pets’ teeth have basically the same structure as ours.  The outside of the tooth is called the enamel.  This is a hard substance that protects the inner structures of the tooth.  Under the enamel is the dentin, which is more porous, sensitive, and contains dental tubules, structures susceptible to carrying bacteria to the pulp cavity if the enamel is breached.  The center of the tooth is the pulp cavity, which contains nerves and vascular structures.  The tooth is anchored into the bone of mouth by a ligament that is very strong and tough, called the periodontal ligament.

When dogs chew food, they saliva in the mouth mixes with bacteria and forms a film on the surface of the tooth.  After about twenty four hours, if not brushed off, this film will form a more permanent layer, and these layers build over time and form what is commonly called tartar or calculus.  This calculus contains bacteria which then will irritate the sensitive pink tissue next to the crown of the tooth, called gingiva.  This leads to a condition called “gingivitis”, where you may notice a thin line of dark pink next to the yellowing or tartar on the tooth.  This is the beginning of dental disease.  At this point, the best option is to have a dental prophylaxis performed by your veterinarian.  Dental prophylaxis removes the tartar and bacteria from the tooth and polishes the enamel.  Future brushing after a dental will help prevent more tartar build up.  However, if you do not brush daily, then eventually the build-up will lead to more tartar on the enamel of the tooth.  Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to tartar build up.   Dental disease is noticed more often in small breeds because of several factors.  One of these is many smaller breeds and short-nosed breeds (brachycephalic) have a malocclusion, where the teeth do not line up properly as they should.  This unfortunately leads to faster tartar build-up because the top teeth do not cover the bottom. 

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Spay and Neuter

WCVet offers affordable spay and neuter services with expert care.  We use the safest anesthesia methods available.

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Pet Vaccinations

Proper Vaccinations are vital to the health and protection of your pet, and serve as a preventive measure against diseases.

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Pet Grooming Services

Expert pet grooming care ranges from traditional grooming to high style custom styles and colors.