What is a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning is sometimes called a prophylaxis. A thorough dental cleaning can only be accomplished while your pet is under general anesthesia. In preparation for your pet’s dental, pre-anesthesia blood work is recommended. Anesthesia keeps your pet pain free during the dental procedure and allows for a full inspection of the teeth and gums. During anesthesia, a soft plastic tube is inserted into the trachea which is the main airway in the throat. This supports the patient’s breathing and also prevents inhalation of bacteria from the dental cleaning.
A dental cleaning may include the following:

  • Inspection of the entire mouth area
  • Removal of visible plaque and tartar from the teeth
  • Elimination of plaque and tartar from under the gum
  • Probing of dental sockets to assess dental disease
  • Polishing to smooth enamel scratches that may attract bacteria
  • Dental X-rays to evaluate problems below the gumline
  • Application of fluoride or a dental sealer
  • Removal or repair of fractured or infected teeth
  • Dental charting so that progression of dental disease can be monitored over timeth-1

Information taken from www.vetstreet.com and www.pethealthnetwork.com