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This is Rascal’s mouth before and after his dental cleaning today. It is so important to pay attention to your dog’s oral health! I cannot stress enough the value of visually inspecting your pet’s mouth frequently so you know what is going on, brushing their teeth, and of course visiting your veterinarian once a year for an evaluation. Rascal had periodontal disease — in fact, 80% of dogs over 3 have it! But this does not mean that it is normal! Periodontal disease causes discomfort, sometimes pain depending on severity, possible tooth loss, and in its later stages, organ damage. On visual examination none of the vets he had seen thought he would need extractions — but this is why dental radiographs are so so important! Upon looking at x-rays, vets determined that Rascal had significant bone loss due to his dental disease in four of his lower teeth. These teeth had to be extracted, and he will be fine without them. If this had not been addressed, the bone loss in these teeth would have affected the neighboring large and very important lower molars (for those interested, numbers 309 and 409). In small dogs infection/bone loss in these particular teeth is especially problematic as it can lead to a jaw fracture fairly easily. I say all of this to illustrate how important it is to have your pet’s teeth cleaned properly (this means UNDER ANESTHESIA). Many companies market “anesthesia-free” dental cleanings, but this does not allow teeth to be extracted or for a proper cleaning procedure to take place. It really is just cleaning what you can see with the naked eye. “The American Veterinary Dental College does not recommend dental cleanings without anesthesia because they do not allow cleaning or inspection below the gumline, where most dental disease occurs, and can result in injury to the pet or the person performing the procedure.” Thanks for reading! I will post x-rays soon. #dog #AVMA #veterinary #vet #dentalhealth #dentalhealthmonth