According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs & 70% of cats have some form of dental disease by 3 years old.
In addition to the direct consequences of the dental disease, i.e., halitosis, tooth loss, periodontal disease, poor oral health plays a major role in overall animal health by causing or exacerbating many other diseases, i.e., kidney & heart conditions, resulting in the unnecessary suffering of millions of pets.
Many pets are poor anesthetic risks such as those with medical conditions, older pets, and certain breeds.
Fear of anesthesia risks during dental cleaning is the biggest obstacle to pet’s owners. Every pet owner knows someone who has lost a pet to anesthesia, frequently during a routine procedure such as dental cleaning. This fear is so great that many will forego a necessary dental procedure, allowing treatable conditions to continue to deteriorate. Standard maintenance procedures have a meager compliance rate.
Your local practices offering the only anesthetic based dental cleaning are frequently limited to disease treatment rather than prophylaxis care & oral maintenance. A dental hygiene program helps advance your dental practice from disease treatments to preventative dental care.
We are working hard to inform pet owners about the importance of dental care and providing to our customers the alternative, safer, gentler way to care the pet’s smiles. For years, thousands of pet owners have used Smile4Pet cleaning exclusively. With our support, more and more veterinarians are offering anesthesia-free teeth cleaning.