Advanced Dental and Oral Care for Your Pet
At East River Veterinary Hospital, we believe dental and oral health is essential to your pet’s overall wellness. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, the overwhelming majority of cats and dogs display some sign of periodontal disease. Left untreated, this painful condition can lead to tooth loss and the infection of major organs such as the heart, kidneys, or liver.
The good news is that periodontal disease, gingivitis, and other common problems are preventable with proper routine care. That’s why we provide an array of services to ensure your pet’s oral health, including:
- Comprehensive oral assessments
- Dental cleanings
- Tooth repair
- Tooth extractions
Although symptoms of some dental conditions are easily observed, others are not. The majority of your pet’s tooth actually lies below the gum line, which is why radiographs (x-rays) are necessary to fully assess your pet’s oral health. In addition, digital x-ray technology provides superior image quality and decreases the level of radiation exposure for your pet. The benefits of this advanced diagnostic tool are numerous, and East River Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer this service to our clients.
Although dental cleanings are similar for both animals and humans, no pet would allow us to perform this procedure while fully awake. Therefore, all cleanings are performed under general anesthesia to ensure the comfort and safety of every patient.
Dental cleanings are fairly simple, beginning with the removal of tartar and plaque from the tooth surface and from beneath the gum line. After each tooth is cleaned, the surface is polished with a special paste that slows the accumulation of plaque. This process is vital to protecting your pet against painful and potentially life-threatening conditions, so please contact us today to schedule a dental cleaning for your pet.
Proactive Dental Care
Caring for your pet’s teeth at home is just as important as scheduling regular exams and cleanings. While there are many ways to approach preventive dental care, brushing your pet’s teeth may be the single most effective thing you can do. Although it can be daunting at first, all it takes is time and patience to make this valuable practice a daily habit at home. For detailed instructions on how to brush your pet’s teeth, please refer to the links below.