Effective Dental Care for Your Pet
Caring for your pet’s teeth is paramount to keeping him or her healthy. Left untreated, conditions such as gingivitis, infection, and periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, cardiac issues, or kidney disease. While such conditions can be controlled, it’s important to note many of these diseases are also preventable. At the Animal Hospital of Pittsford, we provide several important services that support the oral health of your cat or dog, including:
- Comprehensive oral assessments
- Dental cleanings
- Feline tooth resorption treatment
- Feline stomatitis treatment
- Bonded sealants
- Tooth repair
For some dental procedures, a pain management plan may be necessary. You can rely on our team to make the right recommendation for your pet and to thoroughly explain any special considerations that may be appropriate.
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 the Animal Hospital of Pittsford, we believe regular cleanings are imperative to preventing more serious health problems. Please contact us today to schedule a dental cleaning and to discuss the oral health of your pet.
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: