The Animal Hospital of Lynchburg

1705 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501


      Dental Health:
Welcome to The Animal Hospital of Lynchburg's dental health webpage !!!  Here you will find information about canine and feline dental health, products, services and links to other pet related dental sites.


During the month of February check out these Dental Specials:

   $50.00 Savings all Dental Cleanings

   15-20% off Dental Home Care Products- CET Chews and T/D diet Canine or Feline

   Payment Plan Option - Six Months Interest Free with CareCredit preapproval!

   Free Oral/Dental exams with our Licensed Veterinary Technician


Canine and Feline Dental Health Month


According to the American Veterinary Dental Society over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three years have periodontal disease. Some of the warning signs include bad breath, yellow-brown tartar around the gum line, and pain or reluctance to eat. These are the visible changes, but much more serious problems lurk unseen. Poor dental care leads to the formation of bacteria in the mouth causing oral infections and tooth loss. This infection will spread to other organs including heart, kidneys, and liver. Research has proven that preventative dental care will increase your pet's life by approximately two years.  


We are all conscientious when it comes to caring for our family's teeth. We brush, floss and see our dentist regularly. Our pets need the same level of dental care. An annual dental cleaning will keep your pet feeling well and make them less prone to disease.  Dental healthcare consists of routine homecare, dietary management as well as periodic professional dental cleaning (prophylaxis).   


Let us tell you how to better your pets life....please call The Animal Hospital of Lynchburg at 845-7021 to schedule a free dental consultation with our veterinary technician and receive recommendations for your pet's dental health. 


Brushing you pet's teeth along with routine dental cleanings are the mainstay of keeping your pet's teeth healthy. There some products which can be used in addition to brushing to maintain good oral health. Check out these products available from The Animal Hospital of Lynchburg.


T/D Diet for Dogs and Cats


Key Benefits

Prescription Diet® t/d® is formulated with the following benefits:


  • Unique kibble scrubs away laden plaque in the mouth to promote systemic health
  • Clinically proven to reduce plaque, stain and tartar buildup
  • Reduces bad breath
  • Added antioxidants to control cell oxidation and promote a healthy immune system
  • Awarded the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance for helping reduce both plaque and tartar accumulation


Additional Info

Hill's Prescription Diet® t/d® Canine is a complete and balanced food that provides all the nutrition dog or cat needs. Please consult your veterinarian for further information on how our Prescription Diet® foods can help your pet to continue to enjoy a happy and active life.


C.E.T.® Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs


C.E.T.®Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Dogs, featuring the exclusive Dual-Enzyme System, are made from select beefhide to combine a natural antiseptic plus an abrasive texture that works with the dog's chewing action to loosen tartar and provide clinically proven plaque control. Helps clean teeth and freshens breath even when brushing isn't possible. Appealing poultry flavor.

  • Helps keep teeth clean and breath fresh, even on days when brushing isn't possible.
  • Tasty poultry-flavored chew may be given daily.
  • Available in petite, medium, large, and extra-large sizes and in 15-count and 30-count bags, depending on size.


Take a look inside your pets mouth.  What do the teeth look like?  Below are pictures and descriptions of the four stages of periodontal disease.  If you pet has any changes greater than stage "one", the changes are likely irreversible and need immediate attention....

Four Stages of Periodontal Disease


Periodontal disease, which includes gingivitis and periodontitis, is an inflammation and/or infection of the gums and bone around dog's teeth. It's caused by bacteria that accumulate in the mouth, forming soft plaque that later hardens into tartar. If untreated, periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss.  There are four stages of periodontal disease and a brief descriptor of each stage follows:




Stage 1 Gingivitis

Plaque and tarter build-up can lead to an infection causing inflammation of the gums around the dog's teeth. Gum tissue around the teeth can become inflamed and swollen. The gum tissue is reddened, but is still completely covering the roots of the teeth.



Stage 2—Mild Periodontitis

Inflammation progresses to an infection that starts to destroy gum and bone tissue around the teeth. This can lead to discomfort for the dog, and bad breath may be noticeable. Notice that the gumline is receding, and the roots of the teeth are beginning to show.  These changes are now irreversible.

Stage 3 Moderate Periodontitis

The continuing infection destroys more tissue around the teeth, often causing bleeding of gums and loosening of teeth. The discomfort and pain can affect eating habits and behavior.  These changes are also irreversible, and can often lead to tooth loss or necessary extraction during dental procedures.


 Stage 4 Severe Periodontitis

Extensive infection is tearing down even more of the attachment tissues (gum and bone). The discomfort and pain is obviously affect eating habits and behavior.  Foul odor accompanies these changes. These changes are also irreversible, and inevitably lead to tooth loss or necessary extraction during dental procedures.



                  with Dr. Jean Krason of The Animal Hospital of Lynchburg


Dear Dr. Jean,    

I heard that the majority of dogs have dental disease by the time they're three-years-old. Is it really that common?


   It is estimated that 85% of dogs aged three and older have some degree of periodontal disease, the most common dental disease in dogs.  And like in humans, periodontal disease is a progressive infection that can lead to painful conditions for dogs that may require difficult and costly treatments down the road. Whenever possible, preventing disease is preferable to treating it and in the case of periodontitis, this is especially true. Regular effective home care with daily brushing and early professional cleaning by your veterinarian are among the best preventive measures.


Dear Dr. Jean, 

My veterinarian recommended that I try brushing my dog's teeth at home every day. Is this really necessary?


   Many pet owners don't realize that bacteria live in a dog's mouth and are present in the build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth. If left untreated, these bacteria can cause gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums around the dog's teeth. The good news is that gingivitis is rapidly reversible with good dental hygiene and like your veterinarian advised, tooth brushing is the recommended standard. However, even more problematic than gingivitis is periodontitis, a more serious and irreversible condition that, if untreated, can result in the destruction of gum and bone and other tissues around the dog's teeth.  In those cases, regular professional cleanings and treatment are an important way to help prevent further disease.


Dear Dr. Jean, 

Is canine periodontitis really that big of a deal? I mean, I always figured a dog can live a fine life missing a few teeth here and there.


In one word, yes, periodontitis is a big deal, and it can affect more than the dog's teeth.  In fact, the presence of canine periodontitis has been associated with systemic effects in pets and may cause problems in vital organs (heart or liver).2  At its worst, periodontitis can ultimately lead to loss of teeth, fracture of the jawbones, and other serious consequences. A dog's mouth can be compared to a human's hand, and its daily function is just as critical. When the mouth isn't working properly or hurts the dog suffers.   


Maintaining healthy teeth is critical to keeping a dog healthy and happy.


 [1] Beard G, Emily P, Mulligan T, Williams C.  American Animal Hospital Association, Veterinary Dentistry, Course 1, 1989.

2  DeBowes LJ, Mosier D, Logan E, Harvey CE, Lowry S, Richardson DC. Association of periodontal disease and histologic lesions in multiple organs from 45 dogs. J Vet Dent. 1996; 13:57-60.