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My vet says that his teeth look great for his age and there are no signs that he should have a full dental cleaning under anesthesia. I’ve had a lot of people try to “convince” me that brushing the gold standard and THE best thing to do for preventative care. I also get anesthesia-free teeth cleaning for them to help keep the bacteria and tartar at bay.Due to his age (13) I prefer to not put him under anesthesia unless my vet deems it medically necessary. Since writing about anesthesia-free teeth cleaning, I’ve been berated and stalked (yes, stalked…. I am pretty sure I’ve heard every argument in the book about Professional Outpatient Preventive Dentistry (POPD) – the technical term for anesthesia-free canine dental cleaning.After the POPD was completed, according to the study, the board-certified veterinary dentist found no residual plaque or calculus on any of the dogs or cats. One of the reasons is that the sample size was small.However, I think it’s a step in the right direction to prove that this procedure can be an effective preventative care technique.Learn to spot and treat skin conditions commonly found in adults such as acne, eczema, shingles, psoriasis, rosacea, hives, cold sores, razor bumps, athlete's foot, and more.I previously wrote an article about the anesthesia-free teeth cleaning that Chester gets. Because I don’t brush their teeth, I do this instead.Besides, I do not make choices about Chester’s health based on cost.If he needs it, or I think it’s best for him, I gladly open my wallet.
The “after” examination included inspection for any remaining calculus under the gums, full mouth X-rays, and a complete oral exam.
You can read more about the study, and the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) opinion of the study, in the article .
People performing this procedure don’t know what they are doing and can injure your pet. Once something becomes popular, people want to capitalize on it.
Some of these people prey on the fact that people like the sound of “no anesthesia” but don’t understand it takes proper training and certification to be able to do it safely and correctly. Scott is trained to perform POPD, has been performing this procedure for almost 7 years, has completed over 60,000 anesthesia-free dentals, and every procedure is performed with a vet on premises.
It is very important that this procedure be performed by a veterinarian, a trained technician who is certified the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians and work under a veterinarian’s supervision, or a human dentist that does this procedure. You can’t know if there are any underlying problems with your dog’s teeth if they aren’t cleaned under anesthesia.
I mentioned to my veterinarian that I have Chester’s teeth cleaned using non-anesthesia techniques and asked her what she thought of it.