Those that provide Anesthesia Free Dentistry want you to believe that by removing visible tartar from the they are improving your pet’s oral health. This is NOT the case & the American Veterinary Dental College wants you to consider the following reasons NOT to choose an anesthesia free dental for your pet:
Scaling (scraping surface of the tooth with an instrument) the plaque & tartar from the outside surfaces of the teeth does not remove the plaque & bacteria from beneath your pet’s gumline & does not decrease the risk of your pet getting periodontal disease.
The same level of “gross” build up you see on your pet’s teeth thrives beneath their gumline where you can’t see it or the damage it’s doing. Cleaning & scaling below the gum line is critical because it’s where infection is most active. This can’t be done without anesthesia !
Anesthesia free dental cleanings require your pet to be restrained while the visible tartar is removed.
This is stressful, painful, & not a Fear Free Experience for your pet. It is not fair to put your 🐕 or 🐈 through the process without anesthesia.
There are few visible signs of periodontal infection (starts with bad breath & red gums) before it has progressed too far to treat & save teeth. Anesthesia is needed to evaluate your pet’s mouth with the help of a dental probe & x-ray exam to understand what is going on below the gumline.
A thorough oral health exam can’t be done on a dog or cat that is awake. During a thorough oral health exam, all surfaces of your pet’s mouth are evaluated & radiographs are taken. This allows a veterinarian to identify painful problems including broken teeth, periodontal disease, tooth resorptions, cysts, & even cancer !
that have been scaled & not polished are also a prime breeding ground for more bacteria growth which perpetuates oral disease.
Anesthesia free dental cleanings provide no benefit to your pet & do not prevent periodontal disease at any level. In fact, it gives you a false sense of security as a pet owner that because the look whiter that they are healthier.