Holbrook Pet Dental Care

Good dental hygiene, including regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings, can increase your pet's health, vitality, and well-being and help ensure your pet leads the best life possible. Proper dental care not only prevents dental and systemic disease, but it also helps minimize the lifetime cost of care for your pet.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's health before symptoms are noticeable. For example, oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream can damage your pet's kidneys, heart or liver. It is estimated that more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop tooth and gum disease by the age of three years.

The veterinarians and medical team at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center care about your pet's dental health and that is why we offer state-of-the-art dental procedures as a part of our recommended preventive care plan. Dr. Howard Camay has a professional interest in veterinary dentistry and has been performing routine and advanced dental procedures for over 30 years.

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Your Pet's Dental Examination

At Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center, we believe that the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning. At our Holbrook animal hospital, your pet's dental appointment includes:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Digital X-rays
  • Supra and subgingival scaling
  • Tooth extractions when needed
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation

Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center offers digital dental radiology, which produces high-definition images of your pet's teeth. More accurate than traditional radiology, digital dental radiology produces clear images of the area below and above your pet's gum line in order to diagnose dental disease that cannot be seen by visual examination alone. This is a powerful tool for enabling the treatment of dental disease before it becomes much larger, more difficult, and more expensive to treat.

Should we find any issues, such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis, or excessive plaque buildup, we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your pet. We are experienced dental practitioners and are capable of offering a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries.

holbrook pet dental servicesHome Dental Care

Preventing periodontal disease by keeping your pet's teeth and gums healthy isn't just a job for your veterinarian; it's your job, too. While nothing can take the place of regular visits to Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center for checkups and cleanings, ongoing follow-up oral care at home is just as important in controlling plaque and tartar formation.

The goal of home dental care is to remove plaque before it mineralizes into calculus (tartar), a process that occurs within days of a teeth cleaning. Brushing your pet's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and increases the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

Brushing your pet's teeth is best started at a young age, before the adult teeth erupt. The younger the animal is, the more likely he or she is to accept it. Regular brushing not only keeps your pet's teeth clean and healthy, it also enhances the bond between you and your pet. If you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a staff member at Sachem Animal Hospital and Wellness Center for instructions. We are happy to instruct and/or demonstrate to you the best and easiest method. Also, please remember to always use tooth paste specifically made for pets, not for people.

If brushing your pet's teeth is not possible, ask a staff member to help you select the most effective dental products for your pet.

You should also be able to recognize the signs of poor oral health, including:

  • Persistent bad breath — one of the first signs of dental disease
  • Tartar or plaque buildup (ask your veterinarian how to identify them)
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet has any of the symptoms listed above, please contact us and make a dental appointment for your pet.