Oral health is a very important aspect of keeping your pet's overall health in good shape. A dental performed in a veterinary clinic is done under anesthesia so that your pet is relaxed, pain free, and unaware of what is happening.
During the procedure, professional dental tools are used to scale (scrape off) plaque and bacteria from the exposed teeth as well as below the gum line. Removing plaque from under the gums is the most important part, as this is where periodontal disease is most active.
Damaged teeth can cause your pet to experience discomfort, especially while eating. During a dental exam, your pet's teeth are examined for damage like chips, breaks, or rot, and if needed are surgically removed. This will alleviate any discomfort your pet had from teeth issues.
Your pet's teeth will be professionally polished after the dental work is complete, which helps to prevent bacteria from adhering to the teeth. This increases the longevity of your pet's oral health.
Maintenance Dental (for younger pets)
Extends life of teeth
Improves gum health
Repair Dental (for older pets)
Remove damaged teeth
Everything in maintenance dental included
Why we don't support anesthetic-free dentistry
A dental performed on an awake animal will not be beneficial or effective for the pet, even if their teeth look whiter after. The animal can not be fully examined while awake, which is important for finding teeth damage, periodontal disease, and even oral tumours.
Attempting to examine and scale your pet's teeth while they are awake requires them to be restrained, will cause stress and anxiety, pain, and can miss dental disease happening below the gum line where it is not visible.
These superficial cleanings can lead to a false sense of security when it comes to your pet's oral health, which can allow teeth damage and disease to go untreated for longer until it is too late to treat.
While anaesthetic-free dental companies claim to save you money, in the long run your pet will require a much more extensive (and therefore expensive) veterinary dental, as well as potentially experiencing more discomfort, stress, and pain.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) does not support anaesthetic-free dentistry.