Dental care is a must for your pet! Clean teeth and a healthy mouth don't just prevent bad breath - they ward off periodontal disease, which can lead to serious health problems for your pet. Rhinebeck Animal Hospital provides your pet with complete dental care, from routine cleanings to advanced dental procedures. Both our doctors and technicians have undergone advanced training in dentistry.
When your pet is examined, the doctor checks for periodontal disease which can be graded from stages one to four. The first two stages are classified as gingivitis, the last two as periodontitis.
Gingivitis can usually be reversed by thorough teeth cleaning by a veterinarian while the dog or cat is anesthetized. If treated early, the gums can return to normal appearance and function. If untreated, periodontitis can result. Periodontal disease is the most common ailment of small animals and imperils your pet's health and quality of life.
To prevent periodontal disease and gingivitis, your pet should undergo frequent dental cleanings.
Dental care doesn't end at our hospital. A home dental care regimen, including regular brushing, can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup and fight periodontal disease. Our staff can show you how to brush your pet's teeth at home and recommend oral rinses, treats and other products that promote good dental health.