An annual visit for a veterinary dental cleaning is an important part of your pet’s oral health care program. Annual dental procedures under general anesthesia allow your veterinarian to visually examine each tooth and use a dental probe around each tooth. When you do this regularly, your pet’s mouth is evaluated, thoroughly cleaned and any bacteria or beginnings of periodontal disease can be addressed immediately before it causes extensive and expensive damage. Your pet will thank you with a clean and healthy mouth!
Do you provide Anesthesia Free Dental Cleanings?
No. An anesthesia free dental cleaning provides no benefit to your pet’s oral health. Scaling (scraping with an instrument) teeth only makes a tooth whiter in appearance. This procedure does nothing to eliminate bacteria beneath the gums where damage is done and in fact the scaling without proper polishing leaves the tooth surface primed bacterial plaque to attach to the tooth surface. Anesthesia free dental cleanings are most dangerous because they give you a false sense of security that your pet has a clean mouth, leaving periodontal disease undetected and untreated.
A veterinary dental cleaning always begins with an initial oral exam of your dog or cat’s mouth by the veterinarian while your pet is awake. This is generally done in the room during your consult or prior to beginning the dental cleaning visit. This allows the veterinarian not only to get a general idea of your pet’s dental condition, but also offers you the opportunity to ask questions and to get good advice for home care that can benefit your pet. Your pet has blood drawn for analysis to identify any potential problems that the doctor needs to be aware of and to determine if the pet is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. Your pet is anesthetized. This is what often worries most pet owners, however, under proper protocols anesthesia is very safe. We encourage pet owners to ask us about our anesthesia protocol and experience prior to scheduling a procedure. We would gladly go over the entire procedure step by step. The doctor will also use a local anesthetic in your dog or cat’s mouth during procedures. This allows the veterinarian to use less general anesthetic thereby improving the safety of the anesthetic procedure and allowing your pet to recover more quickly and with less pain.
While under anesthesia, a comprehensive veterinary dental cleaning will include the following:
After recovery, your dog or cat is monitored by our trained nurses and is able to go home that same day. You will be given a full report of the findings and any additional procedures carried out along with detailed instructions of how to care for your pet at home in the days following the dental cleaning.