Pet Dental Care: Important for Good Pet Health

Pet Dental Care at Paumanok Veterinary Hospital

Comprehensive routine care for teeth both above and below the gum line can dramatically extend your petís life. Paumanok Veterinary Hospital recommends preventive care as the key to maintaining your petís long-term health. At every exam, we thoroughly check your petís mouth for:

  • Gingivitis
  • Fractured teeth
  • Correct bite
  • Jaw injury
  • Abscesses
  • Damage to enamel
  • Tartar and calculus build up

We will make recommendations to maintain or help improve your petís oral health. Our veterinarians will advise you if a professional cleaning is needed. All recommendations are made on an individual basis. If necessary, your petís veterinarian will perform the following:

  • Gum surgery
  • Deep cleaning
  • Tooth extractions
  • Oral surgery including complicated extractions

Keeping Your Petís Teeth Clean

Regular dental prophylaxis that includes professional cleaning and polishing not only helps to keep your petís teeth and gums healthy, it improves his or her general well-being. Our trained veterinary technician cleans the teeth ultrasonically, removing tartar and calculus above and below the gum line. Doing this correctly takes time, as this is detailed and meticulous work. The final step is polishing to make the tooth surface smooth, giving bacteria no place to hide.

Pain Relief for Routine Dental Procedures

Our veterinarians use pain relief medication as an important tool to ensure that routine dental care is not painful for your pet. All dental procedures are performed with general anesthesia to ensure that your pet is comfortable and has no anxiety. Pain medication is given to ensure additional pain relief before, during, and after a cleaning or tooth extraction.

Home Care of Your Petís Teeth Is Easy

Home care is very important and it is easy for you. We are happy to show you how to brush your petís teeth and may make other recommendations, such as:

  • Water additive that can help keep the teeth, gums, and mouth healthier
  • Mouthwash
  • Chew toys
  • Special chewy treats

Starting to develop these good habits when your pet is young means a healthier, happier life for your pet.

“Thank you, Paumanok Veterinary Hospital! On February 10, in the middle of a snow storm, my wife and I rushed our 5Ĺ-year-old boxer to Paumanok for an emergency visit because of repeated seizures. A few months earlier, he had a couple of seizures and was placed on anti-seizure medicine. He had been doing fine until this latest episode. Dr. Dave took extra time to thoroughly explain our options as well as the potential side effects of the medicine prescribed, which needed to be bumped up slightly. My wife and I have done much research on this and while many vets have slightly different theories and preferences for treating and controlling seizures, Drs. Dave and Dee Hensen have always gone out of their way to not only do the best by our pets but to thoroughly explain the proper maintenance, treatment, and care. They follow up with phone calls, as well as their staff, and it is for these reasons that weíve trusted the health and well-being of our pets to Paumanok for the last 15 years. Iím happy to say that our dog has been doing much, much better since his medicine was altered. The vets at Paumanok go above and beyond, not only for pets but for the community as well, as theyíre active members in Patchogue Rotary Club, and their selfless, tireless hours put into our local community are not lost on this client. We cannot thank you enough.”

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