Pet Dental Care
Does your pet have bad breath or swollen gums? These are two common signs of gum disease, so if the answer is yes, it’s time to schedule a dental cleaning. Gum disease affects more than 50% of all dogs and cats over the age of 3, which is why maintaining your pet’s oral health is so important. With regular wellness exams, professional cleanings (as needed), and at-home dental care, you can prevent oral infections. You can also prolong your pet’s lifespan, since many oral problems can lead to heart, liver, and kidney disease if left untreated. For more information about dental health, visit the American Veterinary Dental College website.
Miller Place Animal Hospital places a strong emphasis on preventive care and offers a number of state-of-the-art dental services to keep your pet’s mouth healthy for a lifetime. Our dental services include:
- Thorough oral exams
- Sub-gingival ultrasonic scaling and polishing
- Digital dental X-rays
- Tooth extractions
- Oral surgery
What Does the Dental Visit Consist Of?
We begin every dental visit with an oral exam, which includes an evaluation of your pet’s teeth and gums to determine what treatments are necessary. If a full cleaning is required, we perform blood work to ensure that your pet is healthy enough for anesthesia. All dental procedures are performed under general anesthesia, which is administered by our licensed, experienced veterinary technicians. Our technicians monitor every pet’s vitals before, during, and after each procedure using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, for their safety and comfort. Most pets are able to return home the same day of their dental procedure.
At-Home Dental Care
To keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy between appointments, we recommend that you establish an at-home dental regimen. Our doctor can provide you with take-home instructions after your pet’s appointment and answer any questions you have, including brushing tips and recommended dental products. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your pet’s dental cleaning at Miller Place Animal Hospital, give us a call at (631) 744-2050.