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Pet Dental Care in Oklahoma City: Dog Panting

Dental Care Completes
Your Pet’s Health Routine

Brushing and other forms of dental care are actually very important for your pet's health. Our veterinary team in Oklahoma City is dedicated to helping pet parents understand the basics of pet dental care because it can make a huge difference in their pet's quality of life. It can even help them live longer.

Why is Dental Disease so Dangerous?

Dental disease is a major concern because if left untreated, it can result in other serious health problems. When tartar forms on your pet’s teeth and gums, it releases bacteria that can get under the gum line and infect the gums and roots of the teeth. As the gum tissue holding your pet’s teeth in place breaks down, the teeth become loose. Additionally, your pet will be at a much higher risk for heart, liver, and kidney disease due to the bacteria running through their bloodstream.

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Symptoms of Dental Disease

Signs that your pet may have dental disease include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Brown/yellow teeth
  • Difficulty eating
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Pawing at their mouth
  • Less interest in eating or playing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss

Before and After Dental Cleanings


Pet Dental Care in Oklahoma City: Before and After Dental Care


Pet Dental Care in Oklahoma City: Before and After Canine Teeth

In-Hospital Dental Treatment

If caught early, dental disease can be treated very effectively with a combination of professional dental care at our hospital, and routine care at home. At Hefner Road Animal Hospital, we perform:

  • In-depth oral exams to assess the condition of your pet’s mouth
  • Dental X-rays, which are highly recommended to check for weakness in the jaw bone and damage within the teeth
  • An oral rinse followed by plaque and tartar removal via ultrasonic scaler
  • An additional exam following plaque removal to check around the pockets of the teeth
  • Teeth polishing to smooth the enamel surface and reduce plaque buildup
  • An OraVet sealant on the teeth for additional protection and to make the effects of the dental procedure last longer
  • Laser therapy treatment for the gums to reduce pain and swelling
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For Additional Care

Managing your pet’s dental health at home can reduce the frequency of professional cleanings they’ll need and will keep their teeth in much better shape. If brushing their teeth is not possible, ask our team about alternative options. We can provide dental-specific prescription food, treats, dental chews, and more. Just call (405) 773-5557 to speak with our team.


HRAH has taken care of our precious pets for many years. They have treated our pets with the best care. We highly recommend them to anyone looking for exceptional care of their pets.

Risa and Steve

Hefner Road is really a good place!  We've been taking our animals there for a long time, they treat you and your furry friend real nice.

Pauline & Bill W.

Dr Purvis & his staff are wonderful! He has been my doggie doctor since adopting 2 rescues in 2000! They are attentive to your animal's needs and show them so much love! Dr. Purvis helped me make painful decisions when my Estee-girl had an inoperable cancer and his loving staff held her with me when it was time to say good-bye. Lucy loves boarding and thinks of HRAH as her second home. Thank you Dr. P & Staff

Lynne H.

Evie loves coming to see you!  When she knows we are going for a ride, she wants to stop and come into the office!

Mehrey T.

We have been with Dr. Purvis around 20 years and wouldn't think of using any other vet.  He and the staff are caring, friendly and always professional.  We also use the grooming facility monthly. The Pet Resort is the best in town!

Brenda and Bill H.

I have trusted the care of one spoiled schnauzer and two cats to HRAH for over 10 years.  Dr. Purvis and the entire staff at HRAH are fantastic!  They have great customer service and offer exceptional animal care.  Our schnauzer attends daycare during the workweek and I feel extremely fortunate to have such a competent and caring group available for her.

Molly S.

Enjoyed my experience there. Dr. Cooper and his team were friendly and took care of my puppy. Very affordable, definitely recommend.


I called HRAH because my former vet and my groomer kept telling me that my bichon had fleas and that's why she was literally scratching holes into herself. I knew she didn't have fleas and suspected it was allergies. I was so relieved that I finally found a vet who knew immediately that the problem was "bichon skin" and NOT fleas! I especially appreciated that the exam room was sparkling clean and didn't stink like nasty dirty pet odor. Very impressed---they are my new vet!


Best place for our sweet babies! That Jacklyn is so caring and loves our babies as much as we do!


Very nice and accommodating. Staff is very friendly. They helped my doggie feel better on the same day I called to make an appt. Love them!



Hefner Road Animal Hospital

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