Descaling is a treatment practiced by veterinarians. The dog must be able to benefit from it regularly because it is an integral part of the care allowing the animal to have healthy teeth and gums, and not to become seriously ill since the slightest dental problem can be the cause of many diseases. that can affect organs such as the heart or the lungs for example. Here is everything you need to know about the frequency of descaling recommended by animal health specialists and the procedure for a session.
Have your dog’s teeth descaled: from what age?
Every owner should take their puppy to the vet from the age of 4 months to have their mouth and teeth checked, even if the animal still only has baby teeth. We often read that scaling is carried out in dogs from 2 or 3 years old. This is an average indication. But only the vet knows when descaling is required. Hence the advantage of scheduling consultations at least twice a year for the life of the animal or more frequently if it is judged that the dog needs it. In any case, you shouldn’t wait for the doggie to have bad breath, to suffer to the point of not being able to eat or even for his teeth to beat the charm.
Descaling in dogs: how does it work?
Descaling is a absolutely essential treatment to remove the bacterial plaque responsible for tartar leading to tooth loss, periodontal disease and many other health concerns in dogs.
The appointment with the specialist begins with a interview with the owner of the dog during which a point is made on the various problems from which the animal possibly suffers. Periodontitis can indeed be the cause of anorexia, therefore weight loss, blood in saliva, pain, bad breath, among others.
To perform a complete scaling, the dental hygienist begins by anesthetizing the dog. Every tooth is sifted, all its faces are descaled with a curette (manual descaling) or with ultrasonic inserts (automated descaling). The dental interstices are also descaled, then the specialist performs a subgingival and supragingival scaling (i.e. below and above the gums).
This crucial treatment for maintaining oral health is decided on a case-by-case basis. It is also very important that the veterinarian specializing in canine dentistry makes it a point of honor to individualize his protocol. For example, during a descaling session, it may be necessary to extract one or more teeth if necessary, including certain loose teeth when the loosening is particularly advanced. Finally, it should be noted that the practitioner performs (at the start of the session or at the end) a polishing teeth, either by air-polishing or using a polishing paste. The practitioner thus performed a thorough cleaning.
He then draws up an inventory of the dog’s oral health in order to communicate his assessment to the owner of the animal. He gives many tips to the breeder so that the regular maintenance of the dog’s teeth and oral cavity can be carried out properly and with the adapted products and accessories to the animal. The master also receives valuable advice on the diet to give to the dog in order to delay the formation of dental plaque and, consequently, to limit the deposits of tartar, responsible for halitosis (bad breath) and in many cases of pain that can be unbearable and are caused by gingivitis for example.
A descaling session at the attending veterinarian or at a veterinarian specializing in dentistry lasts at least 45 minutes if the treatment is complete. Descaling dispatched in about ten minutes – as we can deplore sometimes – cannot be enough to remove all of the tartar. Of course, in dogs who are very regularly followed by a dental hygienist and who are lucky enough to benefit from a descaling every 4 or 6 months, the sessions are a little shorter because the tartar has hardly had time to settle, the dental plaque being not very important.
Descaling your dog’s teeth: how often?
Scaling is part of dog oral hygiene. It’s an act reimbursed by mutual health insurance for pets. It must be done with great regularity because it helps protect its little companion against many health problems that can affect different organs.
Ideally, the master should have your dog’s teeth checked by their veterinarian, animal dentist or dental hygienist every four months. This helps to preserve the teeth of the animal as well as its general health because at the slightest concern, a solution is found.
Regarding the frequency of descaling, it is evaluated again by the veterinarian because each dog has very specific needs in this area. It is therefore necessary to rely on the practitioner, and between two consultations, the master must rigorously ensure the good oral hygiene of his little protégé. But be careful, he must in no case try to scrape the tartar that accumulates because it would only create damage. Finally, you must be aware that scaling does not replace brushing your teeth.