At Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital, we strive to provide pet patients will complete wellness care. Like with humans, our pets’ good health strongly depends on proper oral hygiene. Unfortunately, dental care for cats and dogs is often overlooked. Our veterinarians perform visual inspections of your pet’s teeth and gums during every check up appointment, but we also offer more extensive pet dentistry services.
What to Expect During a Pet Dentistry Appointment
Our technicians have received advanced training by a board-certified veterinary dentist in modern dentistry and dental procedures. We utilize cutting-edge dental equipment to provide the most up-to-date treatments to ensure the restoration of your pet’s oral health. Dental examinations and cleanings are performed with patients under anesthesia to ensure your pet’s safety and to limit anxiety.
We routinely provide dental scaling, polishing, and fluoride treatments with every dental appointment. All dental procedures also include dental radiography, using state-of-the-art digital dental X-ray imaging equipment to screen for disease or decay that cannot be seen with the naked eye. If dental problems are present, imaging helps us determine the extent of disease, including bone loss, periodontal abscesses, and tumors. Although we make every effort to preserve all of your pet’s teeth, some patients might require the extraction of diseased teeth to restore oral health because, like in people, periodontal disease has significant consequences.
If more extensive oral disease is diagnosed or your pet requires a more complicated surgical procedure, such as treating fractured teeth, removing tumors of the palate, endodontics, or restorations, we will refer your pet to a local, board-certified veterinary dentist for further treatment.
Caring for Your Pet's Teeth at Home
Just like people, caring for your pet’s teeth in between dental exams and professional cleanings is extremely important to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and further health problems. Lots of pet dental care products are available to help you preserve your pet’s oral health, including specially formulated treats and foods, dental friendly chew toys, specially formulated toothpaste, and toothbrushes designed especially for pets. Our veterinarians and technicians are happy to provide you with instructions and equipment to care for your pet’s teeth at home. We will also provide you with a variety of products to make the task easier and more fun for you and your pet.
Schedule Your Pet's Next Dental Exam and Professional Cleaning Today
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends annual dental examinations for cats and small dogs beginning at one year of age and for large breed dogs at two years. For more information about pet dentistry or if your pet is due for his or her next oral health appointment, contact our office today.