Our staff is trained to carefully follow all AAHA guidelines during dental cleanings and procedures.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of dental disease by age 3. Dental disease can lead to painful oral infections, tooth loss, problems eating and bad breath. There is also extensive medical literature that confirms a correlation between oral disease and systemic diseases that can affect your pet’s vital organs, including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
All pets, old or young, need to be anesthetized for their teeth to be cleaned, charted, and x-rayed properly and safely. Because a professional dental cleaning requires the removal of plaque and tartar, above and below the gumline, we need to have your pet’s mouth open and unmoving to perform the procedure safely and thoroughly.
Dental cleanings that are done without an anesthetic may make your pet’s teeth look clean but will not produce a healthier mouth. Without anesthesia, it is impossible to clean the inside surfaces of the teeth or under the gums where periodontal disease develops. Without the use of the correct instruments and procedures, such as polishing tooth surfaces, an environment will be created where plaque and tartar will develop more rapidly.
“Removal of dental tartar on the visible surfaces of the teeth has little effect on a pet’s health, and provides a false sense of accomplishment,” says the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) in a position statement opposing anesthesia-free cleanings.