Non-Anesthesia Dental Cleaning

When was the last time you looked at your dog’s teeth? Did you know that dental health affects every body system?

Infections in the mouth can spread to he liver, kidneys and heart and are often associated with recurrent urinary tract infections and anal gland infections.

Dental infections are painful, can affect eating and cause weight loss and malnutrition

Non-anesthesia dental cleaning is a great way to keep your dog’s mouth and body healthy.

I work with Doggie Dental AZ doing non-anesthesia dental clinics in Anthem Az. Let me run through what we do once your pet arrives.

I do a full general exam listening to the heart and lungs, palpating the abdomen and feeling lymph nodes for any enlargement. Then I examine the teeth. I check to see if there are any loose teeth or serious gum disease that would suggest that a full anesthesia dental would be a better option for your dog.

I pay special attention to the 4th premolar or carnassial tooth. This is the one that give so many dogs grief. It gets broken when dogs chew on rocks, cooked bones and bully sticks that are too hard. You need to pull the lip up and back to see this one.

I check for any gum recession around the teeth or any masses in the mouth. Tracy will do a more thorough exam when she is cleaning the teeth.

My dog, Meeko, gets nervous with other people holding her, so before her cleaning I give her Tranquility Blend from animal essentials 30-60 minutes before the cleaning.


Small dogs get to lay in Tracy’s lap, often swaddled in a towel to keep them comfortable. There are usually a few kisses exchanged before the cleaning begins. Then she introduces the scaler into the mouth slowly to let your dog know what is going on. Once settled, Tracy begins the scaling. There are often may breaks in the cleaning, usually with more kisses until all the teeth are cleaned.

Larger dogs lay on their side. This is where I come in again. While Tracy cleans the teeth I have the hard job of petting your dog, sometimes rubbing their feet if that calms them and just helping them relax until their pearly whites are restored to their natural beauty. (It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it 😊)

Then, just like your hygienist, Tracy marks on your dog’s dental chart if there are any missing teeth, loose teeth, severe gum recession or masses found.

Maintaining oral health

I may recommend Healthy Gums which is a gel you can “paint” along the gum line daily or a few times a week to keep the gums healthy. For those dogs that are a little squeamish about you touching their mouths, there is a dietary supplement SeaDent, which is a seaweed product that has been shown to decrease tartar and plaque build up. Both of these products are all natural and made by Animal Essentials.

Non anesthesia dentals are usually recommended every 6  months for maintenance. We charge $160 for dogs under 75 lbs and $185 for dogs over 75#. This is a lot less than the $1-2000 normally charged for a full anesthesia dental that includes blood testing for the anesthesia, extractions and sometimes medications to go home.

Prevention is the best cure

Dental maintenance with home care and non-anesthesia dental cleanings can save you thousands of dollars, your dog a lot of pain, tooth loss and other health issues and decrease the number of times your dog needs to go under anesthesia for a full dental cleaning with xrays.

If you are in the Phoenix Az area, schedule your dog’s non-anesthesia dental cleaning with Doggie Dental AZ.