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Pet Oral Care: Dental Exams and Teeth Cleaning for Health

Dog getting his teeth cleaned

Pet dental care is an important part of our comprehensive disease prevention program at Greece Animal Hospital. Regular oral health care with exams and thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums leads to a healthier, more comfortable pet.

Protecting your dogs and cats from dental disease helps prevent more serious problems too, such as heart and kidney disease. Our veterinarians are able to treat a variety of dental issues such as fractured teeth and tooth reabsorption in cats.

Remember, a complete pet health plan always includes dental care.

The Oral Exam

Every pet patient receives an oral assessment by their veterinarian at each wellness visit. This exam can uncover developing diseases in the mouth, and the need for teeth cleaning or other dental services.

Periodontal disease is a serious, pervasive problem in dogs and cats. Pets with periodontal disease suffer when they don’t receive proper treatment. While there is no cure for this painful, progressive infection, it can be controlled—and even prevented—with regular dental care.

Dental Radiographs (X-rays)

Full mouth x-rays are taken with every dental cleaning and oral assessment. While your pet is under anesthesia, x-rays will be taken to make sure that there is no bone or tooth disease present. If we discover that there are issues, the x-rays can help us determine the proper course of treatment.

Dental Cleanings

For pet comfort and safety, our oral exams and cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. Different pets have different needs, but dogs and cats with a home dental care program may require less frequent professional cleanings.

We first remove tartar and plaque from the tooth surface and beneath the gum line. Then we polish the enamel with a prophy-paste, to inhibit plaque buildup.

Pain Management

Unlike teeth cleaning, treating periodontal disease and tooth extractions can be painful. Our veterinarians are able to control your's pet's pain and discomfort with various treatments such as injectable medications, nerve blocks, and local anesthetic solutions placed in the tooth socket (splash blocks). After any procedure, your veterinarian will decide if at home pain medication is needed and will give you any medication needed before you bring your pet home.

Veterinary Dentistry

Dental issues our veterinarians are able to address include:

  • Tooth extractions

  • Fractured teeth

  • Bonded sealants

  • Tooth reabsorption in cats

Pet Dental Care at Home

It’s estimated that 85% of dogs and cats have periodontal disease by 3 years of age. Happily, this problem is 100% preventable. Simply keeping teeth clean with daily brushing protects your pets from pain, disease, and future dental treatments.

Introducing Your Pet to Dental Hygiene

Learn more in our web videos, below.

Learn Online

Excellent videos for your family by AVMA TV:

Dental care for pets

Brushing and caring for your pet’s teeth

Cat lovers enjoy Cornell University’s feline dental care video.

The Pet Health Center at WebMD offers pet dental care information:

Slideshow demonstrating how to brush your dog’s teeth

10 steps to dental health for cats

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