Comprehensive routine care for teeth both above and below the gum line can dramatically extend your pet’s life. Paumanok Veterinary Hospital, P.C. recommends preventive care as the key to maintaining your pet’s long-term health. At every exam, we thoroughly check your pet’s mouth for:
- Fractured teeth
- Correct bite
- Jaw injury
- Damage to enamel
- Tartar and calculus build up
We will make recommendations to maintain or help improve your pet’s oral health. Our veterinarians will advise you if a professional cleaning is needed. All recommendations are made on an individual basis. If necessary, your pet’s veterinarian will perform the following:
- Gum surgery
- Deep cleaning
- Tooth extractions
- Oral surgery including complicated extractions
Keeping Your Pet’s Teeth Clean
Regular dental prophylaxis that includes professional cleaning and polishing not only helps to keep your pet’s 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 Pet’s Teeth Is Easy
Home care is very important and it is easy for you. We are happy to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and may make other recommendations, such as:
- Water additive that can help keep the teeth, gums, and mouth healthier
- Chew toys
- Special chewy treats
Starting to develop these good habits when your pet is young means a healthier, happier life for your pet.