Benefits of a Professional Pet Dental Cleaning
Getting your teeth checked regularly by your dentist probably comes as second nature to you, but when was the last time you took your pet for a similar appointment with your vet? Many inexperienced and even some veteran owners aren’t aware that their animals will benefit from annual dental exams with their vet too, who can assess the health and condition of their teeth to ensure that they are as good as possible. One key part of most annual pet dental exam is a professional pet dental cleaning.
What is a professional pet dental cleaning and why is it necessary?
A professional pet dental cleaning is exactly what it sounds like – an opportunity for your pet dentist to clean their teeth. This is important because our animals are at risk of exactly the same dental problems as we are. When the food your pet eats interacts with the natural bacteria in their mouth, it causes the creation of plaque – a thin, sticky, and transparent substance that coats the teeth. Plaque can eat away at the surface of the teeth and cause areas of decay. However, the biggest risk to our pet’s teeth is periodontal disease. This occurs when plaque spreads onto the gums, causing irritation and infection. Periodontal disease is progressive, and eventually your pet could suffer from abscesses, severe pain, gum recession, and even tooth loss. Plus, periodontal disease has been linked to the development of other health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.
The only way to avoid periodontal disease and the other dental and health problems associated with it is to keep your pet’s teeth as clean as possible. One of the best ways to do this is through regular brushing at home and professional dental cleaning.
What makes a professional dental clean different?
Professional pet dental cleaning is nearly always carried out under general anesthetic, meaning that your pet is asleep for the entire process. Not only does this prevent them from becoming stressed out by the situation, but it also keeps them and your pet dentist safe. This is because professional dental cleaning uses special instruments and tools, some of which are very sharp and could inadvertently cause harm if your pet were to make a sudden movement. These tools are capable of removing all traces of plaque and if there is any, tartar. Tartar is a hardened plaque that can only be removed using professional equipment. In removing all traces of plaque and tartar and carrying out a truly thorough clean of all faces of the teeth – something which just can’t be achieved by brushing your pet’s teeth at home – your pet dentist can help reduce their risk of periodontal disease and help them enjoy better oral health for longer.
Your pet’s professional dental clean will also provide your pet dentist with an opportunity to do an extremely thorough assessment of the health and condition of your pet’s teeth. If any issues are detected, they may be able to be dealing with there and then and before they cause any considerable damage to your animal’s oral health.
Are professional pet dental cleanings safe?
There is always a small degree of risk involved in the use of general anesthetic. However, veterinarians agree that the benefit of regular professional dental cleanings far outweighs any risk involved.
For more information about professional pet dental cleaning, or to schedule a pet dental exam for your pet, please contact our veterinary team today at 720-709-2400