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Dental Care at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital

Dog getting his teeth cleaned

Caring for your pet’s teeth is essential to his or her health. At Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital, we help you develop a sound strategy for your pet’s oral health and provide several important services including:

Every oral exam we perform is thorough and detailed. We pay close attention to each tooth and the surrounding area and make note of even the smallest abnormality. In the event of any concerning discoveries, our veterinarians will discuss them with you and can help you craft the best treatment plan moving forward.

Digital Dental X-rays

Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital is proud to provide digital X-rays for our clients. In comparison to traditional methods, digital X-rays allow us to see more and do more when it comes to your pet’s dental health.

Because the majority of a cat or dog’s tooth lies below the gum line, the human eye cannot detect many potential problems. Digital X-rays capture superior images of the internal structure of your pet’s teeth, roots, and surrounding bone. Digital technology also decreases radiation exposure and provides a quicker, more reliable image. Many of our patients have benefitted from the early detection capabilities of digital X-rays, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about this valuable service.

Dental Cleanings: What to Expect

To keep your pet safe and comfortable, all cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. The process itself is very similar to our own dental cleanings. Through a combination of hand scaling and an ultrasonic scaler, tartar and plaque are removed first from the tooth’s surface and then from beneath the gum line. After each tooth is cleaned, the enamel surface is polished with a special paste that slows future plaque buildup.

We believe regular checkups and dental cleanings are imperative to preventing more serious oral health problems. Unfortunately, an estimated 60% of cats and dogs experience early dental disease by the age of 2, and 85% are affected by the time they are 3 years old.

Without treatment, gingivitis and periodontal disease will progress to the point of tooth loss and could lead to serious problems such as kidney disease and cardiac issues. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment to assess the oral health of your cat or dog.

Preventive Care at Home

While there are many preventive methods you can practice at home, brushing your pet’s teeth may be the single most effective measure you can take. Daily brushing protects your pet against future pain and disease and decreases the overall costs of dental care. If implemented at an early age, young pets can be taught to accept brushing, and slow, progressive training is the key to success.

For more detailed instructions about how to brush your pet’s teeth, please refer to the links below.

On the Web

The American Veterinary Medical Association offers excellent videos on the following topics:

Cat lovers enjoy Cornell University’s feline dental care video.

The Pet Health Center at WebMD is another great resource for dental care information:

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