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Do dogs need their teeth cleaned If so what age What is

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Do dogs need their teeth cleaned? If so what age? What is the average cost?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
Hello, welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian, and I'll be happy to help you in any way I can. Teeth cleaning is necessary for most dogs at least every few years, though smaller breed dogs may need this done every 6 to 12 months, just like a person, to prevent secondary periodontal disease. Usually it's clear after looking at the teeth and gums, if a cleaning is needed -- healthy teeth are white, with no yellow/brown/green buildup, and healthy gums should not bleed when touched, and should be a nice pink color, not red.

The cost for a routine uncomplicated cleaning is usually in the $200-300 range in most areas. Extractions will add to the cost significantly, if needed.
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