New guidelines recommend regular examinations and dental cleanings under general anesthesia for all adult dogs.
These cleanings should take place annually starting at one year for cats and small-breed dogs, and at two years of age for larger-breed dogs.
Anesthesia-free dental cleanings sound like an attractive option. But are they a good choice?
Making teeth look good does not equal keeping them healthy.
There are numerous issues with such cosmetic approach, including your dogs well-being.
Anesthesia with intubation is necessary to remove plaque and tartar from the entire tooth, at least 60 percent of which is under the gum line, AAHA states in the release.
General anesthesia with intubation also facilitates pain-free probing of each tooth and provides the required immobilization necessary to take intraoral dental films. Without anesthesia, a veterinary professional can only partially clean the exposed crown, which is more cosmetic than therapeutic.
Anesthesia Mandated for Dental Procedures by Leading Veterinary Organization, AAHA
AAHA Dental Care Guidelines
AAHA mandates dental anesthesia, intubation for accredited veterinary hospitals
Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleaning