Are You Maintaining Your Pet’s Pearly Whites?
Along with wellness exams and vaccinations, dental care is integral to your pet’s daily health routine. By age 2, many cats and dogs already have some form of gum disease, which occurs when plaque on the tooth spreads below the gum line and damages the supporting tissues—and the tooth itself. You may be surprised to know that pets benefit from routine tooth brushings just as much as humans do. It slows the buildup of plaque and tartar, and prevents gingivitis and gum disease from occurring.
Our veterinarians in Clifton Park are fully dedicated to educating pet owners about the benefits of proper dental care, and can help you develop healthy oral hygiene habits for your companion.
Our Pet Dental Care Services
For optimal treatment, we offer a number of pet dental care services to preserve your pet’s teeth and gums. These include:
- Oral exams
- Digital dental X-rays – performed before and after every dental procedure to assess the condition of the teeth and surrounding bone
- Dental cleaning – performed with an ultrasonic scaling tool that breaks down calculus (hardened plaque)
- Tooth polishing – smooths the surface of the tooth to prevent future plaque buildup
- Minor oral surgery
- Dispensation of oral care products including toothpaste, tooth brushes, and OraVet chews*
*OraVet chews are available for dogs only
Symptoms of Gingivitis and Gum Disease
- Red, swollen gums
- Loose or broken teeth
- Bad breath
- Teeth that are severely discolored (yellow or brown)
- Excessive drooling
- Dropping food from mouth while eating
- Swelling around the face
- Pawing at face/mouth
Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth at Home
Our veterinarians recommend that you brush your pet’s teeth twice daily, if possible, to maintain their oral hygiene. It is best to start when your pet is young and able to grow accustomed to the process. Other home-care options may include dental wipes, chews, special treats, or even a dental-specific diet.
We would be glad to help you form the best plan of action for your pet’s dental health needs. For more information or to schedule a consultation with your veterinarian, call us today at (518) 383-6254.