Pet Dental Care in Brooklyn

When it comes to pets, dental care is extremely important! Keeping your pet’s teeth clean doesn’t just prevent bad breath - proper dental care helps fight gingivitis and periodontal disease and prevents potential damage to your pet’s heart, kidneys and other organs. Atlantic Animal Care performs dental examinations as part of your pet’s annual exam. Our veterinary hospital also encourages frequent dental cleanings for your pet.

Signs and Symptoms of Dental Disease

Why are dental cleanings so important? As dogs and cats age, tartar accumulates on the teeth. The tartar invades the spaces between gums and teeth and eventually loosens the attachments of the teeth. The tooth becomes hopelessly unsalvageable. Worse yet, tartar is ripe with bacteria. A damaged attachment of gum and tooth is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Every time your pet chews, billions of bacteria enter his or her bloodstream. The bacteria collects on heart valves, leading to heart murmurs. Bacteria also collect in the kidneys and lead to weakened kidneys. Regular dental examinations and cleanings can prevent this. If your pet has any of the following symptoms, he or she may have periodontal disease:

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Your Pet's Dental Cleaning

At our Brooklyn animal hospital, all pets undergo a thorough physical examination prior to each dental tooth cleaning (cats and dogs). Isoflurane anesthesia is used to keep your pet comfortable and still during the procedure. Because of this, a physical exam, as well as blood tests, are necessary for creating an anesthetic protocol for your pet. Once an anesthetic protocol has been developed, we begin to clean your pet’s teeth. The same monitoring procedures and precautions used during surgical procedures are used during dental cleanings.

During a pet dental cleaning at our Brooklyn animal hospital, we use a hand scaler to remove tartar from your pet’s teeth. A periodontal probe is then used to check under the gumline for pockets where periodontal disease and bad breath start. Next, an ultrasonic scaler is used to clean the teeth above the gumline. A curette is used to clean and smooth teeth below the gumline. Finally, your pet’s teeth are polished and his or her gums are washed with an anti-bacterial solution, in order to prevent future tartar build-up.

Home Pet Dental Care

You can play a vital role in keeping your dog or cat's teeth clean and healthy! The veterinary technicians at Atlantic Animal Care can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth at home. This reduces plaque and tartar build-up and, in some cases, can be a good bonding experience for you and your pet. Our staff can also recommend specialty diets and formulated treats that promote good dental health. Together, we can keep your pet’s teeth healthy and sparkling.