10/23/2012

A dental cleaning by a veterinarian, or by a trained technician under the supervision of a veterinarian, is the best way to care for a pet's teeth and protect its overall health, writes veterinarian Michael Watts. An appropriate dental cleaning includes giving general anesthesia, doing a thorough exam of the mouth and throat structures, cleaning above and below the gumline, and polishing the teeth to smooth imperfections that lead to future problems if not addressed. This thorough approach is only legal in Virginia if performed by a veterinarian or a veterinary-supervised technician, Dr. Watts adds.

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