Pet Oral Care: Dental Exams & Teeth Cleaning

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Perinton Veterinary Hospital keeps pets healthy through comprehensive disease prevention services, including pet dental care. Your pet’s comfort and wellness is the direct result of regular dental care, including oral assessments, comprehensive diagnostic exams, and thorough dental cleanings.

Dental disease causes a wide variety of illnesses in dogs and cats, such as heart and kidney disease. We protect your pet with a program of preventive dental health care, tailored to the patient’s unique needs.

Oral Assessments at Every Checkup

Our veterinarians perform an oral assessment for every patient at each wellness visit. This health exam reveals any developing diseases in the mouth and helps determine the need for professional teeth cleaning.

Periodontal disease is a painful, progressive loss of infected bone. This condition may be controlled, but there is no cure. Patients suffer greatly without proper treatment. The good news: periodontal disease is preventable, if regular dental care is started early.

Dental Cleanings

A thorough exam and cleaning is performed under general anesthesia, for the safety and comfort of our patients. The need for this procedure varies from patient to patient. Of course, pets with a regular home dental care program require professional cleaning less often.

First, the dental tartar is removed by a combination of hand scaling and the use of an ultrasonic scaler. Next, plaque and tartar are removed from beneath the gum tissue. Finally, the enamel surface is polished with a prophy-paste to slow down future plaque buildup.

Plaque and tartar cause infection of the gums that can progress to periodontal disease, painful for your pet and leading to tooth loss. Regular, thorough cleanings can prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Pain Management

Dental cleanings are easy and painless. However, procedures for treating periodontal disease or tooth extractions can be unpleasant. Pain control is achieved by a variety of methods such as nerve blocks, local anesthetic solutions placed in the tooth socket (splash blocks), and injectable medications. For discomfort at home, various analgesic medications are prescribed.

Home Dental Care

An estimated 85% of all dogs and cats are affected by periodontal disease by three years of age Periodontal disease is virtually 100% preventable if teeth are kept clean. Daily teeth brushing protects pets from pain and disease and decreases costs of future dental care for pet owners. Learn how using the video links below.

Dental Radiographs (X-rays)

We provide advanced dental diagnostics with digital dental X-ray technology. Dental X-rays help diagnose tooth and bone disease and determine the necessary treatment.

Veterinary Dentistry

A variety of dental issues are addressed by our veterinarians:

On the Web

AVMA TV offers excellent videos to watch with your family:

Cat lovers enjoy Cornell University’s feline dental care video.

The Pet Health Center at WebMD is a great resource for dental care information: