|Periodontal disease has been said to affect some 80% of pets over the age of three. Left untreated, periodontal disease may lead to infection and abscessation of teeth and roots, as well as secondary infection and/or organ dysfunction of the heart, liver and kidneys.
From early puppy and kittenhood, animal guardians are increasingly being instructed to have an active role in dental disease prevention by regularly
brushing their pets’ teeth with products such as C.E.T Enzymatic Toothpaste, or using natural products such as Leba II or PetzLife.
In spite of client education and participation in dental care, many pets will still often require, at some point in life, a dental scaling to remove unwanted plaque and bacteria. Typically this would involve general anesthesia in order to clean teeth properly. However with increasing awareness of the risks of general anesthesia, many holistic-minded veterinarians are now offering anesthesia-free dentistries to their clients.
While it is wonderful to offer non-anesthesia alternatives to animal guardians, anesthesia free dentistries are not substitutes for proper ultrasonic scaling, especially in those cases with advanced dental disease, or those pets with infected/abscessed gums. However if implemented early in dental healthcare, periodic anesthesia free dentistries can indeed improve dental hygiene and long term overall health. To learn more about this wonderful service see Pet Dental Services.