It is very important to your pet’s health that they have a healthy mouth. We are dedicated to educating pet owners and making sure they have access to proper pet dental health procedures.
Today we want to talk about the risks of anesthesia-free cleaning procedures. Anesthesia-free procedures sound like a good option - no anesthesia, cheaper, and clean white teeth. Most pet owners are not aware how dangerous anesthesia-free procedures can be for the good health of their pets.
Pets don’t sit calmly during a cleaning so they still have to be restrained in some manner during an anesthesia-free dental cleaning. However, pets don’t know what is happening and the restraint and cleaning can be uncomfortable and painful.
An anesthesia-free dental cleaning scales tartar from the crowns of the teeth but teeth are not polished after leaving the surfaces of your pet’s teeth with grooves and a rough surface prime for the adherence of more bacteria.
In order to prevent progressive periodontal disease, bacteria needs to be cleaned from under the gum line. Anesthesia-free cleanings don’t do anything to remove the bacteria from under the gum line making periodontal disease almost inevitable.
The most damaging and painful results of periodontal disease, like bone loss, can only be seen with x-rays, and, pets don’t generally sit calmly for x-rays, either.
Radiographs and a complete veterinary oral health evaluation are vital in detecting problems early while they are relatively easy and much less expensive to treat.
The bottom line is that anesthesia-free dental cleanings give pet owners a false sense of security. Dental health is about more than white teeth. An anesthesia-free dental cleaning might be cheaper now, but it isn’t worth the risk of painful and severe dental problems down the road.
Make an appointment for a pet dental health evaluation today to make sure your pet’s mouth is healthy and stays that way.
Posted Friday, March 13, 2015