Just like humans, dogs and cats also require regular dental check-ups and cleanings to maintain good oral health. Here are some signs that your dog or cat may need a dental check-up:
Dogs and cats are prone to developing the same dental problems as humans, including tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and staining. If left untreated, poor oral health in dogs and cats can lead to dangerous infections, like abscesses and blood infections. Advanced dental disease can also negatively impact your pet’s heart, liver, and kidneys. To avoid these potentially life-threatening conditions, keep your pet’s teeth clean with a combination of at-home care and regular veterinary dental cleanings.
A dental exam may reveal that your pet requires bonding, bone grafts, or tooth extraction. If your pet is showing signs that they may need attention from a veterinary dentist, such as bad breath, loss of appetite, red or swollen gums, bloody drool, or stained teeth, bring them in for a dental exam. Most dental problems in dogs and cats occur below the gum line, so our pet dentists take full-mouth digital radiographs for every patient undergoing a dental procedure.
A cat or dog teeth cleaning at our Brooklyn clinic will leave your pet feeling refreshed and cared for. Your furry friend will need to be put under anesthesia to ensure complete and thorough cleaning since most pets will not be able to sit still for the procedure.
During a pet dental check-up, your cat or dog dentist will examine your pet’s head, neck, face, ears, and mouth to check for signs of health concerns. Then, the pet dentist cleans plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth and gums, just like during a human teeth cleaning. We recommend all cats and dogs receive their first dental check-up shortly after they are weaned and schedule a teeth cleaning at least once a year afterward.
Our pet dentists use dental radiography, or pet x-rays, to gain insight into your pet’s oral hygiene. You may not be able to tell if your pet is experiencing oral discomfort, so your cat or dog dentist must use dental radiography to detect painful conditions, such as:
To identify health concerns early on and ensure your pet has a high quality of life, vet dentists usually take x-rays at every cat or dog teeth cleaning appointment in our Brooklyn clinic.