Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets.
What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?
A dental procedure involves ultrasonic scaling and polishing of tartar from your cat’s teeth while under general aesthetic.
What are the signs of dental problems in cats?
Signs of dental disease that you may see in your cat are:
- Accumulation of tartar on teeth
- Decrease in appetite
- Problems chewing food
- Dropping food
- Increased salivation
- Chewing on one side of the mouth
- Inflamed gums
- Painful face
- Bad breath
- Swollen face
Even if your cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s dental health at least once a year.
Are some feline breeds more susceptible than others?
Some breeds of cats are more commonly affected, but all cats can have dental disease.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption is when the body starts to absorb the tooth back.
Schedule your pet’s dental exam today! We can also show you how to brush your pet’s teeth and recommend foods and treats that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup.