A pet's teeth require routine care to reduce the risk of oral disease and tooth breakage. If your companion animal is suffering from a dental issue, contact Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island to make an appointment with our veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Iannaccone, for an assessment. Here is some pet dental care frequently asked questions and answers to read over, so you understand the importance of tending to your dog or cat's teeth regularly.
Why Is Dental Care Important For Pets?
If you do not tend to your pet’s teeth, a number of health issues can arise. For instance, a pet with a buildup of bacteria on the teeth and gums will lead to gingivitis, a gum disease that causes inflammation, redness, bleeding. When this disease is not attended to, it can advance to periodontal disease. This condition affects the support structures of the teeth and causes tooth loss, bad breath, chronic pain, bleeding gums, bumps in the mouth, and ropey saliva. Periodontal disease causes misery to pets, and dental care is the only way that pets can avoid all of this together. Similar to how we require regular dental care, your beloved animal needs it too.
How Can I Clean My Pet's Teeth At Home?
Your dog or cat may not enjoy a teeth cleaning session at first, but in time, it will likely get used to the process. To conduct a cleaning session, first, you must acquire a pet toothbrush and toothpaste. These items are sold at pet supply stores. Many dogs and cats enjoy the taste of a meat-flavored paste.
Place a small dab of toothpaste on the brush and lift the lip of your pet to expose its gums and teeth. In a circular motion, gently brush the teeth and gums of your animal. Make sure to clean the back molars and canines as these areas are where bacteria build up the most.
What Happens During A Pet Dental Care Appointment?
During a pet dental care appointment, your dog or cat will be given anesthesia to prevent movement and pain. An oral exam is followed, evaluating the health of your animal’s teeth and gums. Afterward, our veterinarian will clean beneath the gum line and scrape any plaque or tartar. Finally, our vet will polish your pet’s teeth. Once your dog or cat recovers, you will be able to take it home.
Contact Us Today
Pet dental care is vital to your dog or cat’s health. For more information about pet dental care or to book an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Iannaccone, call Wooded Acres Animal Hospital in Middle Island today at (631) 760-1554.