Canine and Feline Oral Care

Proper dental care is essential to your pet’s health and well-being.


Proper Dental Care

If teeth and gums are not properly cared for, the consequences can be far worse than cavities. Bacteria from plaque-related teeth and gum issues can spread throughout the body and cause infections or even heart disease.

Oral Assessments at Every Checkup

Tending to your pet’s mouth is just as important as getting vaccinated or caring for his or her heart and lungs. At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, we offer several services to support the dental and oral health of your companion, including:

  • Comprehensive oral assessments
  • Dental cleanings
  • Extractions
  • Tooth repair


Digital Radiographs (X-Rays)

Like an iceberg, the majority of your pet’s tooth lies below the gumline and remains unseen. This makes digital radiography (X-rays) essential to accurately evaluate the true state of your pet’s mouth. In particular, digital X-rays capture superior pictures, decrease radiation exposure, and produce a quicker, more reliable image. Many pets benefit from this advanced technology, and Penfield Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer this service to our clients.

Dental Cleanings
Pet dental cleanings (prophylaxis) are similar to those performed on humans. The only difference is that veterinary cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. This ensures the safety and comfort of every animal. At Penfield Veterinary Hospital, we believe regular cleanings are imperative to preventing more serious health problems, so we encourage you to schedule regular appointments for your pet.
Home Care
Up to 85% of pets are affected by periodontal disease by the time they are three years old. This is why proper cleaning of teeth and gums is vital.

Young pets can be trained to accept normal brushing and cleaning at home. This requires time and patience, but we can help to educate you on the proper procedures for keeping your companion’s teeth and gums healthy and clean.

Pain Management
For some dental procedures, a pain management plan may be necessary. Your veterinarian will be sure to discuss any special considerations that may be appropriate for your pet.
Preventive Care
Just like humans, taking a proactive approach to caring for your cat or dog’s teeth is critical. Left untreated, conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss or organ damage. Although the consequences are not always life-threatening, steps can (and should) be taken to protect your pet against unnecessary pain and discomfort.

While there are many strategies for preventive dental care, brushing your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do. Daily brushing prevents future disease, and it can save you money on costly dental procedures down the road.

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