Like you, your pet needs regular dental care. Ideally, a pet’s teeth and gums should be brushed daily; however, even the most cooperative animal will often reject this process. There are alternative options like dental treats, water additives, and dental rinses available that can help, but the best option for your pet is to make sure he or she gets annual dental cleanings with your veterinarian. Without regular dental care, periodontal disease can progress and not only cause mouth and tooth pain, but also create even more serious internal issues.
Dental cleanings are anesthetic procedures in which each tooth is thoroughly cleaned above and below the gum line. Technicians polish your pet’s teeth to create a smooth surface that is more resistant to plaque buildup.
All the same anesthetic precautions and protocols are taken with dental cleanings as with any of our other anesthetic procedures and surgeries (see Surgery and Other Anesthetic Procedures for more information).