Many dogs and cats will need a professional dental cleaning at some point in their life. A dental cleaning is not just to reduce that “dog breath” or “fish breath” situation. It has been shown that dogs and cats with healthy mouths live on average 3-4 years longer than those with poor oral hygiene. We utilize an ultrasonic scaler to remove the tartar from the crowns of the teeth and hand scale under the gum line (also called root planning) to remove the tartar that is the real culprit of disease. We then polish the teeth to reduce the adherence of plaque to the teeth. Dental procedures are performed using the same inhalation anesthetic and careful monitoring techniques that we use for our surgical patients. We then encourage home oral health care to reduce the need for further dental cleanings.
Several of our clients have their pet’s teeth cleaned on an annual basis if they are not able to brush teeth at home.
Here is a great article on brushing your pet’s teeth. Take a look!