Preventive Dental Care

Quality dental care is vitally important to your cat's preventive health care.

70% of cats over the age of 3 suffer from periodontal disease; you can add 2-4 years to your pet's life with proper dental care. The health of your cats teeth depends on routine home care and regular professional scaling and polishing. Without regular care, periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis, can affect the gums and the bone supporting your pet's teeth. Advanced oral disease can increase the risk of infection that leads to tooth loss, heart, liver and kidney disease.

In cats the most common cause for tooth loss is resorptive lesions. Studies found 28-67% of domestic cats develop at least one of these painful lesions during their lifetime.

 

Warning Signs of Dental Problems

If your cat displays any of the following warning signs, contact us for a dental exam.

  • Bad breath.
  • Tartar buildup on teeth (this is a yellow or brown build up at the base of the tooth).
  • Changes in eating habits.
  • Abnormal drooling.
  • Gums bleeding.
  • Tooth loss.
  • Swelling or growth in mouth.
  • Change in behavior.

More Common Dental Problems

 

What to expect when you bring your pet in for an annual dental cleaning

  • Patient arrives in the morning and will stay for the day.
  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Screen (recommended).
  • General Anesthesia.
  • Thorough Oral Exam.
  • Periodontal disease evaluation.
  • Digital X-Rays.
  • Extractions (if needed).
  • Scale and Polish.
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Patient is moved to recovery and monitored.

For more information read our dental Blog

 

Ways you can protect your cat's teeth and gums at home