Q: Why is it important to use anesthesia in cleaning a pet’s teeth?

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Pet owners usually make sure their dogs and cats receive TLC from head to toe, but just may forget the all-important mouth and the teeth inside their furry friends. Ignoring those pearly whites leads to a big problem.

pet dental health month goodnewforpetsAnswer:

Approximately 75% of each tooth is hidden below the gum line, so x-rays are used to evaluate the whole tooth and bone socket health. This evaluation requires anesthesia. This is the most effective and safe way for veterinarians to clean your pet’s teeth.

Source: Goodnewsforpets & Lopbrise, DVM, DAVDC, H. (originally posted 2018, February 03) Put Dental Care on Your Pet’s Checklist.

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