At Knox Pet Clinic a dental cleaning will include scaling and scraping the teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup, cleaning below the gum line, polishing the teeth, and possible extractions or damaged teeth.
How often does my pet need a dental cleaning?
The American Veterinary Dental College recommends that all cats and dogs have an annual dental cleaning starting at 2 years of age or sooner if the pet has identified problems.
Why does my pet need to be sedated for a dental cleaning?
Periodontal disease, which can go undetected until it starts to cause more damage and problems, is located below the gum line. Periodontal disease causes damage to bones and gum tissue and can cause pain, tooth loss, and bad breath. A proper cleaning below the gum line can only be done when a pet is under anesthesia which is why a full professional dental cannot be completed without sedation.