Routine dental care is a critical component of cats' and dogs' oral and overall health, but most pets don't get the oral hygiene care they need to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
At our Mamaroneck veterinary hospital, we provide complete cat & dog dental care, from basics such as dental exams, teeth cleanings, and polishing, to dental x-rays and surgeries.
Our animal hospital is also proud to be able to offer non-anesthetic dental cleanings to our patients, as long as your pet meets the requirements for this type of procedure. Please contact us for additional details!
Finding out your pet needs surgery of any kind can be stressful. We aim to make this process as easy and stress-free as possible for you and your pet.
We'll do everything we can to ensure your pet's experience with us is comfortable. We will break down each step of the process for you and give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for the surgery and how to care for your pet at home post-operatively.
Much like your annual checkup at the veterinary dentist, your dog or cat should come in for a dental examination at least once a year. Pets who are more prone to dental problems than others may need to see us more often.
Mamaroneck Veterinary Hospital can assess, diagnose and treat dental health problems in cats and dogs.
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, it's time for a dental checkup.
If your pet is receiving anesthesia for their dental treatment, a thorough pre-anesthetic physical assessment will be completed for your pet before the dental exam.
We will take blood and urine analyses to ensure it's safe for your pet to undergo anesthesia. Additional diagnostics, such as chest radiographs or an ECG may also be conducted.
Once your pet is under anesthesia, we will conduct a complete oral examination (tooth by tooth) and charting.
To begin the treatment we will X-ray your pet's teeth. Then, any necessary dental work will be conducted before your pet's teeth undergo a thorough cleaning.
During the cleaning process, the teeth are cleaned and polished (including under the gum line). We then apply a fluoride treatment to each tooth.
If advanced periodontal disease or other conditions are found, the veterinarian will develop a treatment plan and discuss it with you.
In some cases, your pet may benefit from a Non-Anesthetic Dental Cleaning, however, this is not appropriate for all patients. If you wish to learn more about this, please call for additional details, or schedule a Non-Anesthetic Dental Assessment appointment with one of our veterinarians.
Ideally, a follow-up examination will be scheduled one week after the initial assessment and treatment appointment.
During this visit, we will discuss implementing teeth brushing at home.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our clients about pet dental care.
Our pets can develop periodontal disease or tooth decay as a consequence of poor oral health.
Just like in humans, when animals eat, plaque sticks to their teeth and can build up into tartar if not brushed away regularly.
This can lead to infections in the mouth, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even loose or missing teeth. That's why regular dental care is essential to preventing pain or disease in the gums.
Did you know behavior may be an indication of oral health problems? If your pet is experiencing dental problems, they drool excessively (and the drool may contain pus or blood), or you may notice them pawing at their mouth or teeth. They may also yawn excessively, grind their teeth, or stop grooming sufficiently.
Other signs of oral health problems include bad breath, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. Some pets may even suffer from pain that keeps them from eating. Read more about symptoms to the left under Pet Teeth Cleaning & Exams.
Besides causing problems ranging from cavities and bad breath to severe periodontal disease, oral health issues and conditions can lead to disease in the liver, kidney, heart, and other areas throughout your pet's body.
Cysts or tumors may develop. Your pet may also not feel well in general (if you've ever had a toothache, you know how it can affect your mood!). In addition, diseases related to oral health conditions can shorten the lifespan of your pet and cause significant pain.
This is why regular dental care is so essential to animals' physical health and wellbeing.
During your pet’s physical examination, the veterinarian will examine his or her mouth and look for oral health conditions or any symptoms needing treatment. If your pet is found to have dental or gum disease, your pet’s veterinarian may recommend a dental appointment (including a dental cleaning, dental X-rays and/or additional treatments including but not limited to dental extractions, tooth surface restorations, root canals, etc.) under general anesthesia.
At the time of the procedure, the tartar and other debris will be cleaned from your cat's or dog's teeth, and dental X-rays will be taken. X-rays are imperative for a complete oral health assessment as 2/3 of the tooth is below the gum line and we often find a lot of disease around the tooth roots, which we would otherwise miss without the X-rays.
If cavities, gingivitis, or other conditions that need to be addressed are identified, the veterinarian will explain these to you and provide advice on which actions you should take.
At home, you should brush your pet's teeth on a regular basis and give them dental chew toys. These will help eliminate plaque.
Do not allow them to chew on things that will damage their teeth, such as bones, toys, or objects that are too hard. Always contact your veterinarian with any questions or concerns regarding your pet's oral health.
Mamaroneck Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced veterinarians are passionate about the health of Mamaroneck companion animals. Get in touch today to book an appointment.