How Much Is Dog Teeth Cleaning?

veterinarian examining dogs teeth

The Key Is TO Get A Professional Pet Teeth Cleaning Done Right, And Sooner Rather Than Later

A common question I am asked is, “How much is dog teeth cleaning or cat teeth cleaning?” This is a great question because it means my client has identified a problem that needs treatment. The cost needed to clean your dog’s teeth or cat’s teeth will depend on when you do it. It is much better to have your pet teeth cleaning done as soon as your veterinarian tells you it should be done. If you wait, the bacteria associated with the tartar on the teeth will continue to do further damage to the tooth. This may turn a tooth that could have been saved if it was cleaned early in the process into a tooth that is infected, painful and must now be removed.

5 Steps To Take To Keep Your Cat Or Dog’s Teeth Clean After A Pet Teeth Cleaning

  1. Brush your pet’s teeth every day! Use a soft bristled toothbrush. Don’t use toothpaste as it gets in the way (the dog or cat often wants to eat the toothpaste, which is not good for them and prevents you from effectively brushing the teeth). Start slowly (preferably when they are still a puppy or kitten) and just massage their teeth with your finger each day to get them used to handling their mouth. Once the adult teeth are in (usually around 6 months of age) or once they become used to it, you can progress to using the toothbrush.
  2. Feed them Hill’s t/d food. It has theVeterinary Oral Health Council(VOHC) seal indicating it helps control plaque and tartar.
  3. Use Healthymouth water additive. There are many water additives on the market, but this is currently the only one with the VOHC seal indicating it is proven to help control plaque.
  4. Use treats that have the VOHC seal. Look at theVOHC websitefor a list of products available.
  5. Have regularveterinary dentistryexams as advised by your veterinarian to maintain optimalcat or dog dental health.Do not wait – it will only get worse.

What To Avoid For Dog Or Cat Teeth Cleaning

Please do not use the services of those who claim they can clean your dog or cat’s teeth without anesthesia. You can learn more about hazards of non-anesthesia dental cleanings and aCBC news storyabout it. These procedures do not help the health of your dog or cat’s teeth and can cause injury or death. The use of bones to keep your dog’s teeth clean can result in broken teeth or death from swallowing pieces of broken bone that can lodge in their intestinal tract.

If you have further questions on how to keep your cat or dog’s teeth clean you shouldcontact your veterinarianfor apet dental exam,or contact a specialist of animal dentistry. You can also read more tips abouthow to save money on dog and cat teeth cleaningor if yourpet has bad breath,read how that might be caused by something else and how to control it.

Yours in health,

Dr. Kent Morley