Pet Dental Care FAQs

Oral health is an important part of your pet’s veterinary care. Pets that aren’t receiving regular dental care are more susceptible to dental problems and gum disease. At All Friends Veterinary Hospital in East Islip, we encourage pet owners to schedule a dental exam and cleaning for their feline or canine companion on an annual basis. The following pet dental FAQs give you greater insight into the importance of pet dental care.

Pet Dental Care FAQs

Are Dental Problems Common in Dogs and Cats?

It’s estimated that over 70% of canines and felines over the age of 5 years are at risk of losing teeth due to periodontal disease. Left unchecked, bacteria from periodontal disease can enter your pet’s blood stream, risking damage to his kidneys, liver, and heart. Pets can also suffer from tooth decay, broken teeth, bloody gums, abscesses, and other dental problems that can weaken their overall health.

What Signs Should I Look for to Indicate My Pet Has Dental Problems?

If your pet suffers from bad breath, discolored teeth, swollen or bleeding gums, excessive drooling or loose teeth, he’s in need of dental care. Some pets refuse to eat crunchy food or snacks due to pain. Others constantly rub their face to indicate something’s wrong with their mouth or have a hard time swallowing when they eat.

How Often Should I Have My Pet’s Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

Healthy pets should see their East Islip veterinarian annually for a pet dental exam and cleaning. If your pet has had dental problems in the past, it wouldn’t hurt to have him checked every 6 months as a precautionary measure against having a relapse. Senior pets can also benefit from a dental exam every 6 months as they’re more susceptible to dental disease.

Is Anesthesia Really Necessary for Cleaning My Pet’s Teeth?

By using anesthesia, your East Islip veterinarian can thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth and gums, especially under the gum line where tartar tends to build up, without causing your pet pain or discomfort. Having your pet sedated also makes it easier for your vet to obtain comprehensive x-rays of your pet’s teeth to uncover any hidden problems. We’ll monitor your pet’s vital signs the entire time he is under sedation to ensure he’s all right.

See Your East Islip Vet for Pet Dental Care

Regular pet dental care can protect your pet from painful dental problems that can impair his overall health. It can also save you money by having dental issues taken care of in their early stages, before they escalate into major problems that require extensive, costly care. To schedule a pet dental exam at All Friends Veterinary Hospital for your dog or cat, call 631-651-1413 today.

Exclusive Offer

New patients receive 15% OFF first wellness exam.



  • "I can not say enough about these wonderful people. Dr. Reda is the most compassionate veterinarian I have ever met. My beloved dog passed from cancer, but they were there every step of the way with any questions or concerns, even when they were oh vacation and I was totally distraught about it, they made sure to address my concerns and never made me feel like I was crazy. There should be more people like Dr. Reda and his staff in this business. I am forever grateful for all of you."
    Patricia Schwartz / East Islip, NY
  • "Dr. Reda and his staff are amazing!! Dr. Reda is the most compassionate vet I have ever met. He took wonderful care of a feral cat I brought in today. And Chauntelle was so brave handling this cat..I am so grateful for their expertise and professionalism."
    Jackie S.
  • "I am happy with the veterinarians response to most issues. The staff is kind and caring and they usually see you the day you called. They're always happy to do refills by phone."
    Stephen B.
  • "I had such a good experience when I brought in a feral cat family during a TNR mission that I returned a month later when I adopted two of the kittens. Dr. Reda is simply a wonderful veterinarian. I appreciate his well-informed, holistic approach to treatment. He & his staff take the time to give me plenty of information and answer all my questions, while doing everything they can to minimize any distress and discomfort my cats experienced during the visit. In short, if you are looking for a vet that is highly knowledgeable, accessible, and compassionate, I cannot recommend All Friends highly enough."
  • "Dr. Reda and his staff are so thorough and caring with my dog. I've never had a vet that I really trusted before now that makes me feel like my dog and family's best interests are at heart. Thank you All Friends for making everything easier for my dog and family."
    Michelle T.
  • "Best veterinarian! Very pleasant and wouldn't go anywhere else. Staff is very pleasant too."
    Lynn M.
  • "Had a great experience at All Friends Veterinary today.
    Dr. Reda and his staff quickly diagnosed our Dog's issue. They were very accommodating and compassionate. I would highly recommend his services."
    Steven P.

Newsletter Sign Up