Dentistry

Pet Dental Care

Good dental care is as important for dogs and cats as it is for humans. Without regular dental care, bacteria and plaque can buildup on your pet’s teeth, hardening into tartar which causes gingivitis, receding gums, periodontitis, tooth, and bone loss. If left untreated, dental disease leads to pain, infection—potentially causing infection to other organs. Unfortunately, many dog and cat owners overlook their pet’s teeth, which is why dental disease is such a large problem with dogs and cats.

Wantagh Animal Hospital provides professional teeth cleaning and advanced dental care for dogs and cats, including:

  • Oral/dental exams.
  • Comprehensive dental cleanings, polishing and fluoride treatments.
  • Minor oral surgery including, but not limited to, tooth extractions, fistula repairs and removal of oral tumors.
  • Comprehensive pain management before, during and after any oral procedure that may produce discomfort.
  • Monitored general anesthesia through the dental procedure by our well-trained technicians with the aid of digital monitoring equipment.
  • Home dental care instructions and product recommendations.
  • A referral network to veterinary dentists and specialists when needed.

At-Home Dental Care

Your pet’s dental care does not stop after a professional dental cleaning. It is important to brush your pet’s teeth regularly at home. It’s a simple process and should only take a few minutes every day. Just like humans, daily teeth brushing reduces plaque and tartar and lessens the chance of your pet developing dental disease like gingivitis and periodontitis.

Signs of Dental Disease in Pets:

    • Bad breath
    • Bleeding from the mouth
    • Loose teeth
    • Discoloration and/or buildup of tartar on teeth
    • Loss of appetite
    • Weight loss
    • Your pet doesn’t allow you to touch him or her around the mouth
    • Red, inflamed, irritated gums
    • Has difficulty playing with chew toys

If your pet shows any of the above symptoms, please call us immediately to schedule a dental exam for your pet.