Dental Care

Dental Care

Preventive dental care is an important part of your pet’s wellness care. Our professional dental treatments will help keep your pet’s teeth clean and prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease. Most pets suffer from some kind of dental disease- it isn’t just “bad breath”. During your pet’s physical exam, the veterinarian will examine your pet’s teeth and discuss dental procedures which are recommended. Dental procedures need to be performed under anesthesia to enable a full and thorough exam. The teeth are probed and dental radiographs are taken to identify any disease under the surface of the gum line, such as dental root abscesses and bone loss. The healthy teeth are then cleaned with an utrasonic scaler to remove all tartar and bacterial build up. After the teeth are thoroughly scaled, they are then polished to reveal a smooth tooth surface. Diseased teeth are extracted surgically, if determined to be necessary, by your pet’s veterinarian. We can also refer your pet to a veterinary dentist for more advanced dental care.


Caring for your pet’s teeth at home is an important preventive measure that ensures good oral hygiene. At your pet’s next exam, we can show you how to care for and brush your pet’s teeth at home. Our staff can also provide you with recommendations for specialty pet foods and treats that promote good oral health.


Digital radiographs are used to take digital images of your pet’s teeth and gums during their dental exam. Digital radiographs give us the ability to examine the anatomy of your pet’s teeth, roots, gums, and surrounding bones to look for underlying pathology, such as abscesses, fractures, and alveolar bone loss.

St. John Animal Clinic
8661 Wicker Ave
St. John IN, 46373

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

Phone: (219) 365-8531
Fax: (219) 365-1032

For emergencies please call North Central Veterinary Emergency Center (219) 881-1600

St. John Animal Clinic Hours

Monday 7:30 am - 7:30pm

Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 7:30pm

Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday 7:30am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed