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Pet Dental FAQs

Clinton Hill Animal Clinic Answers Pet Dental FAQs

Your pet’s oral health will have a direct effect on his overall health and wellness. Left untreated, dental problems and diseases can escalate into major health problems. That’s one of the main reasons our veterinary team at Clinton Hill Animal Clinic in Brooklyn advocates annual dental exams. The following FAQs will explain more about the importance of pet dentistry in your dog or cat’s life.

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Is Pet Dentistry Really Necessary?

Pet dental exams and cleanings are designed to protect your pet’s oral health. During routine dental exams, your Brooklyn veterinarian can uncover dental problems or diseases you weren’t aware your pet had. Left untreated, these problems or diseases will only escalate, causing extensive damage to your dog or cat’s teeth.

Periodontal disease alone poses the risk of tooth loss and organ malfunction due to the infection entering your pet’s blood. Major health issues can be prevented by bringing your pet to our animal hospital for routine dental exams and cleanings.

How Often Should My Dog or Cat Have Teeth Cleaned?

Many vets recommend annual dental cleanings for dogs and cats. If your pet shows signs of oral health problems in between visits, have him checked by our Brooklyn veterinarian.

What are The Symptoms of Dental Problems in My Pet?

Foul breath could be a sign of tooth or gum infection. Swollen or bleeding teeth could be indicative of periodontal disease. Loss of appetite, difficulty chewing or constant pawing at the mouth could be signs of abscesses in your pet’s mouth or loose or fractured teeth.

If your dog or cat shows signs of pain when chewing or oddly tilts his head when eating to avoid using certain teeth, bring him to our animal hospital for a checkup. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your pet’s health.

Why Are Pets Sedated for Dental Procedures?

Anesthesia is used for most dental procedures to free your pet of pain and discomfort. It also makes it easier for our veterinary specialist to thoroughly examine and clean your pet’s teeth, especially under the gum line where periodontal disease can spread. We ensure the safe use of anesthesia by following anesthetic protocols and carefully monitoring your pet during his dental cleaning. 

Do Dental Cleanings Differ for Dogs and Cats?

Dental cleanings are generally the same for dogs and cats. Regularity is the most important aspect of dental care. Regular dental care will improve your pet’s oral health and keep him healthier over the years. At Clinton Hill Animal Clinic, you’ll work with veterinary experts who care for the health and welfare of your pet.

Schedule a Pet Dental Exam at Clinton Hill Animal Clinic

To schedule a dental exam for your kit or pup, contact Clinton Hill Animal Clinic at (718) 623-3999 today.


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