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.