|Barked: Wed Feb 6, '13 10:17am PST |
|Seems not everyone is aware that dental cleanings can be performed without anesthesia. Either the vet is trained with this approach (which may also require more time and a special quiet space and low key time in the clinic) or a technician specifically trained to do this comes in at scheduled times to do the dental cleanings. Combined with a homeopathic remedy prior to the cleaning(releases the nasties off the teeth easier), these "standing dentals" can be effective. I am not one who totally buys in to the fully sedated dentals where the "deep cleaning" is actually taking off a very necessary layer of enamel.
The doggy dentists I met were like surgeons and wanted to examine, clean, and treat teeth only on anesthetized dogs. My people convinced them to examine my teeth while I was fully alert. I was so good that the dentists were shocked at how much they could learn so quickly in a brief visit. Needless to say, the dentists agreed that I had all kinds of chips, cracks, dents, etc that they could fix with full on oral surgery. They also didn't want me eating raw anything (veggies, fruit, meat, bones) because they felt all that is horrible for canine (and feline) oral health. The kibble and canned food that they sold in the front of the clinic was the only stuff they recommended. Hahaha! I went in symptom free for more of a wellness check and for my person to learn more about canine oral health. Left the dentists' office disappointed in their approach.
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