Oral health is very important to your pet’s total health. Unfortunately, an astonishing 80% of dogs and cats over age three have significant dental disease. What’s more, bacteria from a diseased mouth has been shown to be a contributing factor to the development of liver, kidney, and heart disease. At Bridgton Veterinary Hospital (BVH), we want to lower that percentage and improve our patients’ lives.

Is Your Pet’s Health at Risk?

Warning Signs of Dental Disease:
• Bad Breath
• Brown/yellow buildup on teeth
• Inflamed or bleeding gums
• Depression
• Change in eating habits
• Swallowing food whole or dropping food from mouth
• Pawing at the mouth
• Excessive drooling
• Loss of teeth

A thorough oral exam and assessment under anesthesia must be performed to accurately and adequately assess and treat oral disease in dogs and cats. At BVH a pet’s dental cleaning is done by a veterinary dental hygienist trained in the special considerations of dog and cat mouths. Dr. Wheeler then performs a full mouth examination, charting any abnormalities. If intervention is necessary, Dr. Wheeler will converse with the owner to establish an individualized treatment plan for the pet.

For patients requiring more advanced dental services, BVH has much to offer. Dr. Wheeler has trained under the direction of board certified veterinary dentists, and receives ongoing training in the most current dental techniques through the North American Veterinary Dental Conference. This extensive training allows us to provide an outstanding level of veterinary dentistry.

Dental Services Include:
• Dental Scale and Polish
• Digital Dental Radiographs
• Surgical Extractions
• Root Canals
• Vital Pulpotomies
• Crowns
• Jaw Fracture Repair

We also offer a wide variety of dental home care products, from dental diets and daily chews, to rinses and water additives.

Home Dental Care Options For Your Pet

Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d
Dental care for your pet may be more important than you think. The accumulation of bacteria laden plaque above the gumline can lead to long term oral health issues. Recent studies have demonstrated there is an association between oral health issues and systemic general health issues affecting the kidney, heart and metabolic systems. Hill’s nutritionists & veterinarians developed Prescription Diet t/d clinical nutrition especially formulated to support your pet’s dental health. In fact, t/d is clinically proven nutrition to reduce plaque, stain, & tartar buildup.

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How It Helps:

  • Cleans the tooth surface
  • Fights bacteria-laden plaque
  • Promotes overall health
  • Recommended for lifelong feeding of adult dogs
How It Works:

  • Unique kibble shape & size
  • Special fiber matrix technology
  • Complete & balanced nutrition


Delmopinol works to form a preventive barrier that blocks bacteria, and the future formation of plaque and calculus (tartar) that builds up over time.

OraVet Chews are the first and only dental hygiene product for dogs that contain delmopinol.

  • Creates preventive barrier
  • Reduces bad breath

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C.E.T.® Enzymatic Toothpastes

Dual-Enzyme System toothpaste formulated for dogs and cats.

C.E.T.® Enzymatic Toothpastes come in 5 appealing flavors, contain no foaming agents and are safe for pets to swallow. Poultry, Malt, Vanilla-Mint, Beef and Seafood flavors are well-accepted by pets to help make brushing easy. Available in 2.5 oz (70 g) tubes.

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Tartar Control Chews for Dogs deliver fresh breath and more. They also have a great taste that dogs love.

3-way performance that cleans teeth, freshens breath and supports proper digestion.

  1. CLEANSE: Just one chew daily reduces tartar and plaque, the oral causes of bad breath.
  2. FRESHEN: Freshens breath with every chew.
  3. BALANCE: Contains a prebiotic known to support proper digestion.

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Healthy Mouth Is Effortless and Effective
Simply added to your pet’s drinking water every day or simply applied to teeth and gums once per day what could be easier than healthmouth Easy pour jugs and one-handed tubes means no mess, no fuss. Easy to travel with so your pet never has to miss a day of essential home dental care.

The Foundation For A Comprehensive Dental Care Program
Used in conjunction with veterinary examination and professional dental cleaning, you can proactively prevent or improve your pet’s bad dental health overall health by making Healthy Mouth the foundation of your pet’s home care program. We firmly believes that the MORE you can do at home, the better.

Healthy Mouth Can Help Make Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth Easier
Tooth brushing remains the gold standard though less than 2% of owners brush their pet’s teeth. Many owners say their pets do not like having their teeth brushed. Pets DO NOT have an aversion to a toothbrush, but if their mouths are in pain, of course they won’t welcome a toothbrush. But when your pet’s mouth starts to feel better, he will let you near and in the mouth.

Increased Results And Easier For You
Clinical trials showed that when Healthy Mouth is used continually, any remaining plaque in the mouth becomes so soft, it can literally be wiped away. What this means is that Healthy Mouth, used in conjunction with teeth brushing, healthy dental chews and bones and diets can produce increased results and be easier for you!

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  • Extends the benefits and VALUE of professional dental cleaning.
  • With ongoing veterinary care and continual use of Healthy Mouth at home you absolutely can improve your pet’s dental health; no matter how late in life or grade the stage of dental disease. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE.
  • You can now take a pro-active role in your pet’s oral and overall health.
  • Very high rate of acceptability by dogs and cats.
  • No synthetic or artificial ingredients means your pet is ingesting only safe, healthy ingredients.


If you have any questions about your pet’s oral care, or would like to schedule a dental consult with Dr. Wheeler,
please call us at 207-647-8804.