Manlius Veterinary Dentistry
Protect Your Pet’s Teeth with High-Quality Dental Care
Just like humans, pets can suffer from plaque buildup on their teeth. Unlike humans, however, pets aren’t very good about brushing their own teeth regularly. Your pet’s dental care is an important part of their overall wellness and medical care. Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital of Manlius, P.C. is here to help! As an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited animal hospital, our Manlius veterinary dentistry team proudly offers comprehensive dental care for your pets.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a dental disease that stems from an excess buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a bacterial film that hardens when it dies, creating this buildup on the teeth. Regular brushing can typically dislodge plaque and prevent it from spreading below the gumline; however, most pets can’t brush their own teeth. As more plaque accumulates on the teeth, it can spread below your pet’s gums and infect the tissues that hold your pet’s teeth in place, causing pain and loose teeth. In advanced cases, periodontal disease can cause permanent damage to your pet’s teeth and jaw bones.
The symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Smelly breath
- Blood in your pet’s saliva or water dish
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty or avoiding eating
Any combination of these symptoms can indicate that your pet is suffering from periodontal disease. It is the most common disease afflicting cats and dogs - so don’t let your pet suffer! Our veterinary team can help.
Dental Radiography & Cleaning for Your Pet
When you bring your pet in for their regular wellness exam, our Manlius veterinary dentistry team will look at your pet’s mouth as part of our normal examination of your pet. If we notice that your pet is exhibiting symptoms of periodontal disease, we may recommend a professional dental cleaning under anesthesia.
As an AAHA accredited animal hospital, our team is fully equipped to prep your pet for this procedure. We use digital radiography to take images of your pet’s mouth and jaw prior to their dental cleaning procedure. Digital radiography helps us visualize the target areas of your pet’s mouth and assess any damage with highly detailed X-ray images.
Once we have a clear picture of your pet’s mouth and understand their needs, your pet will undergo dental cleaning. This involves the administration of general anesthesia to keep your pet safe and comfortable during the cleaning process. Our veterinarians use tools like those of human dentists to scale and polish your pet’s teeth, removing plaque to restore your pet’s smile. Once all the plaque has been removed, we apply an anti-plaque treatment to protect your pet from future plaque buildup.
Remember, maintenance is key! After we send your pet home, we’ll give you tips for keeping your pet’s smile healthy and happy for many years to come.
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