Oral health is an important component of your pet’s well-being. Poor oral health can have severe effects not only on the mouth and throat, but other organs as well. Part of your pet’s comprehensive exam includes inspection of the teeth, oral cavity, and gums. Dental plaque buildup, bad breath, and gum disease are best addressed through dental cleanings and home preventative measures. A pet with more advanced case of dental disease may need tooth extraction and preventative measures. Whatever your pet’s dental health needs are, Yorktown Animal Hospital can provide solutions.
We recommend patients undergoing dental procedures stay with us for the day to allow time for the cleaning and for the effects of the anesthesia to wear off. Dental cleaning requires general anesthesia of your pet. Please, rest assured that during the anesthesia process, we use the latest drugs and monitoring equipment to keep your pet safe and comfortable.
We begin the dental procedure by making a detailed assessment of all teeth and gums. Teeth affected by decay or periodontal disease should be extracted. All remaining teeth are then cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler, followed by polishing to smooth out any defects and remove any remaining plaque. If necessary, pain management medications and/or antibiotics may be prescribed. Pets requiring extensive dental procedures are usually rechecked after a couple of weeks to assess healing.
Getting your pet used to brushing his/her teeth and the use of dental rinses at an early age can help slow the onset of some dental diseases. We realize that not all animals are accepting of our best efforts. Our veterinarians and staff can provide tips on making this process enjoyable for both you and your pet.