Complete Pet Dental Care in Staten Island
You brush your teeth every day, but do you brush your pet’s teeth? You should! Oral hygiene is just as important for us as it is for our pets. Clean teeth and gums are important on their own, but they also keep your pet healthier overall. At Dongan Hills Veterinary Practice in Staten Island, we hold ourselves to the highest standard when it comes to pet dental care. Because it’s such a significant part of our pets’ overall wellness and care, we adhere to the guidelines set by the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). We also recommend the use of home care products that are recognized and accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC).
Our Pet Dental Care Services
Since we’re ah AAHA-accredited practice, we also follow the AAHA Dental Care guidelines, which advise yearly oral exams and teeth cleanings for adult cats and dogs. Our pet dental care services include:
- Oral examinations (checking for dental abnormalities)
- Dental X-rays
- Dental cleanings
- Oral pathology
- Oral surgery
- Tooth extractions
- Home dental care products
- Teeth brushing instructions
We evaluate all of our patients for signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, and develop a treatment plan accordingly. Some pets are more susceptible to tooth loss and plaque buildup than others, and may require more frequent dental cleanings. We’re happy to discuss all of your pet’s dental care options with you.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is one of the most common conditions affecting cats and dogs, but it can be prevented with yearly oral exams and dental cleanings. The disease starts with the buildup of plaque above and below the gum line, which hardens into calculus (tartar) over time. The tartar that accumulates below the gum line is a cause for concern, since the bacteria secreted will damage the surrounding tissues. Periodontal disease is a combination of red, inflamed gums (gingivitis) and soft tissue and bone loss (periodontitis).
Maintaining Your Pet’s Teeth at Home
We recommend brushing your pet’s teeth at least once daily to keep their mouth fresh and clean. We also offer dental diet food, chews, and treats to slow plaque buildup. Regular teeth brushing is vital to maintaining the health of your pet’s teeth and gums. If you need any assistance in brushing your pet’s teeth, let us know! We’ll be more than happy to help you. To schedule an oral exam or dental cleaning for your pet, give us a call at (718) 987-7777.