Taking care of your pet’s dental health is an essential part of their overall health. If you do not take proper care of your pet’s dental problems, they can cause other, more serious health issues. At Upper East Side Animal Hospital, we take your pet’s teeth and gum health very seriously and we believe that they should be checked on a yearly basis to make sure that there is no chance of a dental problem becoming more complicated or serious.
See also: Cat Wellness
At Upper East Side Animal Hospital, we are certified to perform different types of veterinary dentistry including the following:
- Dental cleaning
- Overall oral care
Canine Dental Exam- Start to Finish
Canine Teeth Cleaning
If you are interested in conducting a thorough dental exam for your pet, one of our experienced veterinarians will first conduct an oral exam. The next step will be to evaluate the health of your pet’s jaw and tooth roots. Since the roots of your pet’s teeth cannot be seen, a thorough evaluation and cleaning is normally performed under anesthesia. At Upper East Side, we include scaling in our dental cleaning, which involves removing dental plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth, similar to what your dentist probably does during a routine check-up. We know that the key to extending your pet’s life is making sure that he/she is healthy, and dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health.
See also: Canine Wellness
Steps You Can Take To Implement Pet Dental Care At Home
Your pet’s dental care starts at home. Although our team of vets at Upper East Side Animal Hospital is always happy to take a look at the condition of your pet’s teeth, we believe that it is just as important that you implement effective oral prevention techniques at home. The single most effective thing you can do for your pet’s oral health is to brush their teeth on a regular basis. Daily brushing is the most effective, but if you do not have time, brushing several times a week can also have a positive effect. Pets can be resistant to brushing, so the important thing is to be patient and persistent.
Animal Dental Care -- When Is It Necessary?
Dental problems may be hard to detect. Although both dogs and cats have a much smaller likelihood of developing cavities, they can experience many of the same dental and oral diseases that we do. Take a look at some of the most common dental problems that occur in pets:
- Periodontal disease
- Infected teeth or abscesses
- Cysts or tumors
- Broken teeth or roots
- Misalignment of teeth and bite
One of the most common problems that your pet can have is a periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is when your pet’s teeth accumulate plaque that hardens into tartar and causes problems like infections, jawbone damage, etc. Pets tend to develop initial signs of periodontal disease as early as 3 years of age. However, if you do not detect this problem in its early stages, it might become a serious problem for your pet in its advanced stage. The advanced periodontal disease causes pain, difficulty chewing and can have consequences for your pet’s liver, kidneys, and heart.
At Upper East Side Animal Hospital, we have experience in detecting and helping you treat your pet’s periodontal disease. If you suspect that your pet has this issue, feel free to bring them in, and we will be happy to take a look. If we do diagnose periodontal disease in your dog or cat, we will make a number of recommendations for treating and cleaning your pet’s teeth.
Are you worried that your pet might have dental issues? Interested in finding out more about taking care of your pet’s teeth or simply conducting a routine dental exam? At Upper East Side Animal Hospital, we take your pet’s oral health seriously. We are aware of the different health problems that oral issues can cause, so we are always at your disposal for an exam or dental advice. For a free consultation, do not hesitate to contact one of our veterinary specialists at 212-396-3020!
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