Dog Teeth Cleaning Without


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Dog Teeth Cleaning Without Anesthesia

If you’re like most pet owners, you don’t know a lot about dog dental cleaning without anesthesia. We refer to dental cleanings performed when the dog is awake as non-anesthesia cleanings, but the American Veterinary Dental College refers to them as “non-professional dental cleanings”…why?

They refer to them that way because when conducted independently – by non-veterinarians and outside of a veterinary hospital – it’s unprofessional.

Following are some reasons why you should avoid dog teeth cleaning without anesthesia.


1) It’s difficult to reach certain areas. Surfaces of the teeth facing the tongue are important to clean and it can be challenging to clean them on a fully conscious dog. Under-the-gum cleaning is the most important part since under the gum is where periodontal disease thrives and in order to get a good cleaning you will need a dog that stays still.

2) The best tools cannot be used. During dog dental cleaning without anesthesia, the noisy ultrasonic scaler and polisher can be used to clean and polish teeth. But a dog that is awake will be very reluctant to allow noisy tools in his mouth.

3) A thorough evaluation cannot be performed. During dog teeth cleaning with anesthesia, your pet’s teeth can be evaluated carefully with a probe to measure pockets in the gum line and then x-rays can be taken to evaluate what cannot be seen by the naked eye. If anything is discovered, it can be addressed while the dog is asleep.

4) Preventive care isn’t started. In some cases, dogs may need antibiotics before their dental cleaning. This is seen more often when dogs have advanced dental disease with bleeding gums and high numbers of bacteria in the mouth.

5) A false sense of security. One of the worst aspects of dog teeth cleaning without anesthesia is that it gives dog owners a false sense of security. They fail to understand that while the teeth look good, they’re only looking at the tip of the iceberg, as 60 percent of the remaining teeth are located under the gum line.

As seen, there are several risks associated with dog dental cleaning without anesthesia. If your pet is in need of a professional dental cleaning – don’t take any chances – call our office today to schedule an appointment so we can protect your pet’s health! We want to ensure that your pet is receiving the best possible dental health care available in Idaho Falls.


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