Reason to AVOID non-anesthetized dental cleanings
Non-anesthetized dental cleanings are words that should never be used in the same sentence. Sure, anesthesia can be worrisome and scary, but this “alternative” to traditional dental cleanings can be even more scary and outright dangerous.
What is this type of cleaning?
Non-anesthetized dental cleanings are essentially cosmetic in nature. They try and remove the visible tartar on the teeth, making the teeth look whiter, and you feel more comfortable about avoiding anesthesia.
White teeth do not mean clean teeth!
Does this help with their gums and breath?
This type of cleaning does not address the #1 most important area for dental health, the gumline. The gumline is where bacteria can build, leading to foul breath, infections, and root and bone damage. Several of these cleaning practices can actually worsen gum disease by pushing tartar into the gums instead of the intended removal.
Additional concerns for your pet
Some major concerns usually not considered by owners and pushed aside by providers include pet cooperation, pet handling, and injury to their oral tissue. If your pet is struggling to have their teeth brushed at home, it is most likely that they will struggle with whomever is performing this “cosmetic cleaning.”
Excess handling of pets in this negative manner can not only affect their dental health, by causing injury to their tissues, but can also affect their behaviors, including development of anxiety, fear, and sometimes aggression when handled.
Because of this, non-anesthetized dental cleanings are not recommended by the Veterinary Oral Health Council or Veterinary Dentist. Routine dental care and anesthetized cleanings are recommended for all pets. Talk to your vet about what may be right for your pup!
Avoid the cosmetic and go for what works!