February Is National Pet Dental Health Month


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February Is National Pet Dental Health Month. Your pets’ dental health is important and here are just a few reasons why:

Brush your pet’s teeth regularly if you can.

Read our related article: How to Brush Your Dogs Teeth

Promote clean teeth and fresh breath with a dental treat or chew.

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Dental care is even more important with small breeds. Small breeds tend to be at an increased risk of developing dental diseases. This can be due to the crowding of teeth.

When should a dog get a dental?

According to, most dogs will need oral exams, cleanings, and dental X-rays about once a year. This should begin at about 6 months of age.

What about cats?

According to, Cats should begin these cleanings when they are 1 year of age. Nearly 70% of cats without appropriate dental care will have some evidence of periodontal disease by age three.

Is dental covered under pet insurance?

It depends on the insurer. According to Embrace Pet Insurance most companies do not include routine dental care as part of their insurance. Embrace Pet Insurance covers dental accidents and illnesses as long as they are not pre-existing to the policy purchase. No pet insurance company covers pre-existing conditions.”

What is the cost of having a dog’s teeth cleaned?

Generally, the cost of a typical dog dental cleaning is usually between $300 to $700. This doesn’t include special treatments for periodontal disease or tooth extractions. These extras can add several hundred dollars more to the overall cost.

Does my pet need anesthesia for a dental cleaning?

Say NO to Anesthesia-free pet dental cleanings, also referred to as a Non Anesthesia Dental (NAD). These are non-professional dental scaling’s and are doing you and your pet a disservice.

Why does dentistry require anesthesia?

When we go to the dentist, we know that what is being done is to help keep our mouths healthy. Even if it is stressful or a bit uncomfortable. Pets do not understand the benefit of dental procedures. Because of this, he or she reacts by moving, trying to escape, or even biting.

Anesthesia is what makes it possible to perform a dental procedure with less stress and pain for your pet. Your pet will get a better cleaning because he/she is not moving around and risking injury from the dental equipment. Dental radiographs may be needed and your pet needs to be very still in order to obtain good images. This is highly unlikely if not impossible without sedation or anesthesia and again, a risk of biting.

Most pets can go home the same day of the procedure. They’ll generally wake up none the wiser, although they might be a little groggy for the rest of the afternoon.

I encourage you to visit for detailed information. These are facts and answers to all of your questions about anesthesia free dental cleanings.

What are the signs of dental problems in dogs? cats?

Dental issues may cause changes in your pet’s behavior should prompt a visit to your veterinarian. Always be careful when evaluating your pet’s mouth without enlisting the help of your veterinarian. A painful animal is inclined to bite.

Final Note…

Veterinary dentistry procedures are important for your pets health and should only be performed by a licensed veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist.

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