Dental care is important to our pets and maintaining healthy teeth and gums is as important to them as it is to us. Regular care of teeth and gums can dramatically extend your pet’s life. We know that bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and end up causing infection and inflammation to a number of organs including the heart, liver and kidneys. But, how do you know if your pet has dental disease or too much bacteria in his/her mouth? Here are a few signs:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown tartar build up, discolored, or loose teeth
- Red, inflamed gums
- Decreased appetite or pain while eating
- Diminished interest in chew toys or kibble food
- Swollen mouth or gums
- Pawing at mouth
At Heart of Brooklyn Vet Hospital, we understand that healthy teeth and gums lead to happy, healthy pets, and we aim to provide the comprehensive oral health care in Brooklyn. During your pet’s exam, we’ll discuss his/her oral health and make recommendations for keeping his/her teeth and gums healthy. Recommendations may range from daily brushing at home to a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment (COHAT) under general anesthesia.
Brushing teeth is an important tool in preventing plaque build up and we encourage you to start this early in your pet’s life. When brushing your pet’s teeth you should use a specially formulated enzymatic toothpaste which is safe for them to swallow. Here is a link to help guide you through the process.
We are committed to performing dentistry in a careful and thorough fashion. Our COHAT includes full charting and assessment of the entire mouth as well as full mouth x-rays. We have digital dental x-ray equipment, so even full mouth x-rays take only a matter of minutes, with minimal radiation exposure. We clean portions of the root (root planing) as well as the crown. We also routinely identify tooth and deep bone infection, even when the crown of the tooth looks perfectly normal.
If oral surgery or extractions are necessary, we use more advanced techniques that include surgically cutting teeth into sections before removal, primary closure of sockets, and surgical advancement flaps.
Routine dental home care can help your pet avoid the pain and discomfort from dental disease.