Anesthesia Free Teeth Cleaning for Dogs

Proper cleaning for dogs needs teeth cleaning as well. Not only does it remove tartar build up and polish the teeth, it removes potential causes of gum disease and tooth loss as well as clearing away bacteria that could ultimately lead to other more serious health problems. A lot of dog owners have turned to anesthesia-free canine teeth cleaning, but they are unknowingly putting their dog's teeth and health at risk.

Problems with Anesthesia-Free Dentistry

While anesthesia-free dentistry may make the visible tooth surfaces look bright and clean, problems arise when the procedure is examined more closely.

  • Dogs won't allow cleaning below the gumlines because of tenderness or sensitivity.
  • Backs of teeth can't be cleaned due to resistance by the dog.
  • Many untrained personnel are performing canine teeth cleaning. Legally, in the U.S. and Canada, canine dental work must be done by a veterinarian or vet technician supervised by a veterinarian.
  • Untrained practitioners don't know symptoms of current or potential dental problems.
  • There is a greater risk of injury with anesthesia-free dental cleaning.

While anesthesia-free dentistry may be less expensive than a cleaning done by a veterinarian, it does not provide a thorough cleaning that prevents future dental issues. Only an examination and cleaning performed by a trained professional can provide the preventative measures necessary to maintain a dog's dental and overall health.