Keep your dog’s teeth clean
Cleanings (The Dental):
eliminate the plaque from the inside surfaces of the mouth, go to
your veterinarian periodically to have your dog’s teeth cleaned
professionally. Depending on the individual dog, professional tooth
cleaning is recommended every one to three years. Your veterinarian
is a trained pet dentist, using the same tools your dentist does
to clean your teeth.
cleaning, which takes place under general anesthesia because dogs
are no fonder of a visit to the dentist than their owners, consists
of scaling to remove tartar above and below the gum line; polishing
to smooth the surface of the teeth; and flushing to dislodge tartar
and bacteria. If any loose teeth are found during the process, they
will be pulled.
to advancements in recent years, anesthesia risks have lowered greatly.
Even the extremely old dog can often be anesthetized with little
concern. While the dog is under, a tube will be placed into his
trachea to allow breathing. This tube has an inflatable cuff on
it that keeps the water needed for flushing during the procedure
from going into the lungs. After the tube is in place, the doctor
will begin scraping the tartar and plaque off with both an electric
machine as well as hand held dental instruments.
excessively loose teeth will be removed and the doctor will often
us a red stain to make sure all the plaque has been gotten rid of.
Once these things have been done, an abrasive dental paste will
be applied with a machine that has a rotating head. This paste polishes
the teeth and will smooth scratches so plaque won’t have as many
places to adhere to.
is usual procedure to send the dog home that day with instructions
for follow up and preventative care given to the owner. Preventative
care includes a small soft toothbrush, oral paste or gel and often
an antibacterial rinse. If the infection was really severe, oral
antibiotics will also be sent home with the dog.
veterinarian can advise how frequently your dog requires a dental
and set up an appropriate schedule for your dog. Even dogs from
the same litter, who eat the same food and have the exact same environment
may have very different dental needs.
The charges consist of the time and skill involved, and the cost
of anesthesia which is based on weight. If your pet’s teeth have
not received regular care, and need extra treatment including removal,
the cost may be more. You may want to schedule other care that may
require anesthesia at the same time.
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