Dental Care and Your Pet
From the time we are children, we learn the importance of dental and oral health, but what about our pets? Similar to humans, caring for your cat or dog’s teeth is critical to his or her overall well-being. Left untreated, conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, cardiac issues, or kidney disease. Although these conditions can be controlled, it’s important to know they’re actually preventable.
At Suburban Animal Hospital, we provide several services that support the oral health of your pet, including:
- Comprehensive oral assessments
- Dental cleanings
- Bonded sealants
- Tooth repair
Because the majority of an animal’s tooth lies below the gum line, the human eye is unable to detect many potential problems. However, digital x-rays allow us to see more and do more when it comes to your pet’s dental health. Digital x-rays capture superior images, decrease radiation exposure, and provide a quicker, more reliable picture. Many of our patients have benefitted from these early detection capabilities, and we are proud to offer this valuable service to our clients.
To keep your pet safe and comfortable, all cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. Tartar and plaque is removed first from the tooth’s surface, and then from beneath the gum line. After each tooth is cleaned, the enamel surface is polished with a special paste that slows future plaque buildup.
At Suburban Animal Hospital, we believe regular cleanings are imperative to preventing more serious health problems, so contact us now to schedule a dental cleaning for your pet.
For some dental procedures, a pain management plan may be necessary. Please consult your veterinarian to discuss any special considerations that may be appropriate.
While there are many strategies for preventive dental care, brushing your pet’s teeth may be the single most effective measure you can take. Daily brushing protects your pet against future pain and disease and decreases the overall costs of dental care. For detailed instructions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, please refer to the links below.
On the Web
The American Veterinary Medical Association offers excellent videos on the following topics:
Cat lovers enjoy Cornell University’s feline dental care video.
The Pet Health Center at WebMD is another great resource for dental care information: