Pet Dental Care


Before and After Pet Dental CleaningYou are a responsible pet owner and you take good care of your pet - but do you always remember to take care of your pet's teeth?

Pets have dental diseases and problems just like people do. Regular dental check-ups at Stamford Veterinary Center, combined with good dental hygiene at home, can increase your pet's health, vitality, and well-being and help ensure your pet leads the best life possible.

If left untreated, dental disease cannot only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but it can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your pet's overall health before symptoms are noticeable. For those reasons, our veterinary team strongly considers dental care an important piece of your dog's or cat's preventive health care program.

Protecting Your Pet's Dental Health

We believe the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup. Your pet's dental appointment includes:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Supra and subgingival scaling
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Fluoride application

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 can offer a variety of dental procedures and oral surgeries.

In Between Cleanings: Dental Care at Home

You can prevent serious dental problems by making sure your pet receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at 6 months of age, and then annually. In between visits to your Stamford Veterinary Center, check your pet's teeth regularly for signs of problems. 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 can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

Veterinary Dental CareIf you are unsure of how to brush your pet's teeth, please ask a staff member at Stamford Veterinary Center for instructions.

Signs of Pet Dental Problems

Symptoms of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath – one of the first signs of dental disease
  • 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
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call Stamford Veterinary Center today at (203) 817-0440 for an appointment.