Pet Dental Care: It’s Important!
Caring for your pet’s teeth is essential to his or her health. Left untreated, conditions such as gingivitis, infection, and periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, cardiac issues, or kidney disease. At Bayview Animal Hospital, we take your pet’s oral health seriously and provide several important services, including:
- Comprehensive oral assessments
- Dental cleanings
- Oral surgeries (select procedures)
- Periodontal treatments
- Tooth repair
- Tooth trimmings (small mammals)
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 might be appropriate.
Because the majority of an animal’s tooth lies below the gum line, the human eye cannot 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 of your pet’s teeth, decrease radiation exposure, and provide a quicker, more reliable picture. Many of our patients have benefitted from the early detection capabilities of digital x-rays, and Bayview Animal Hospital is proud to provide this valuable service to you and your pet.
To keep your pet safe and comfortable, all cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. Tartar and plaque is first removed 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 Bayview Animal Hospital, we believe regular cleanings are imperative to preventing more serious health problems, which is why we perform a thorough oral exam and take full-mouth radiographs during every cleaning. Please contact us today if you have questions or concerns about the oral health of your pet.
While there are many strategies for preventive dental care at home, 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 cost of dental care. For detailed instructions about how to brush your pet’s teeth, please refer to the links below.
Our team also recommends looking for products with the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval. VOHC-endorsed products are clinically proven to slow the build-up of plaque and tartar, and the regular use of such products can reduce the occurrence of many common conditions such as periodontal disease.
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: