Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth and Mouth
Tending to your pet’s mouth is just as important as getting vaccinated or caring for his or her heart and lungs. At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, we offer several services to support the dental and oral health of your companion, including:
- Comprehensive oral assessments
- Dental cleanings
- Tooth repair
Digital Radiographs (X-Rays)
Like an iceberg, the majority of your pet’s tooth lies below the gum line and remains unseen. This makes digital radiographs (x-rays) essential to accurately evaluate the true state of your pet’s mouth. In particular, digital x-rays capture superior pictures, decrease radiation exposure, and produce a quicker, more reliable image. Many pets benefit from this advanced technology, and Penfield Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer this service to our clients.
Pet dental cleanings (prophylaxis) are similar to those performed on humans. The only difference is that veterinary cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. This ensures the safety and comfort of every animal. At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, we believe regular cleanings are imperative to preventing more serious health problems, so we encourage you to schedule regular appointments for your pet.
For some dental procedures, a pain management plan may be necessary. Your veterinarian will be sure to discuss any special considerations that may be appropriate for your pet.
Just like humans, taking a proactive approach to caring for your cat or dog’s teeth is critical. Left untreated, conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss or organ damage. Although the consequences are not always life threatening, steps can (and should) be taken to protect your pet against unnecessary pain and discomfort.
While there are many strategies for preventive dental care, brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do. Daily brushing prevents future disease, and it can save you money on costly dental procedures down the road. For detailed instructions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, please refer to the recommended links below.
On the Web
American Veterinary Medical Association:
WebMD Pet Health Center: