Anesthesia-free dental cleaning not in pets' best interest

Removing tartar from the teeth of an animal that is not anesthetized is literally only scratching the surface of the problem, writes veterinarian Christie Long. While a tooth may look healthy once the tartar is chipped off, advanced dental disease may be present beneath the gum line, and only a thorough exam under general anesthesia will reveal the extent of the problem and allow it to be addressed, notes Dr. Long.

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