A dental, or dental cleaning, is a teeth scaling and polishing procedure that is performed under a light sedation and if needed a small amount of gas anaesthesia.
During a dental cleaning any excess tartar is removed using an ultrasonic scaler. Once the underlying teeth become visible, their health can be determined and extractions can be performed if necessary. The teeth are then polished to create a smooth surface and help prevent new plaque and tartar formation. Some animals with an excessive amount of bacteria, tartar and gingivitis may require antibiotics. Care needs to be taken in the future and we can recommend a range of products to help reduce reoccurrence, but it is common for many dogs to require yearly treatment.