Most of us spend time grooming, feeding, and playing with our cats but we might not spend much time brushing their teeth. Your cats’ oral health is an important part of their overall well-being. We recommend annual oral exams to evaluate your friends’ teeth and gums and to make recommendations to deter and delay the onset of periodontal disease, as well as to treat existing problems.
Studies show that 50% of all cats have some form of periodontal disease. That number jumps to 75% with cats that are 3 years of age or older. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause infection, pain, and tooth loss over time. It can also lead to serious health problems like microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Because of this, we recommend an annual veterinary dental healthcare examination for all cats.
Many health problems start in the mouth. Plaque, tartar, periodontal disease, and infected teeth serve as a source of inflammation and infection for the rest of the body.
Dental disease is one of the most common problems that we see in cats. It can cause drooling, pain, reluctance to eat, swelling, bad breath, redness of the gums, loose teeth, and tooth discoloration.
Dental issues and dental-related diseases can easily be prevented by visiting our veterinarians regularly for dental examinations and cleanings. We take a comprehensive approach to dental care including dental health assessment, treatment, and prevention.
Teeth Exams, Cleaning, and Polishing
Cat dental cleanings are very similar to human dental cleanings, except that we are required to use anesthesia to properly and safely examine and clean the teeth. After the cleaning, our veterinarians perform a thorough oral exam and check for signs of disease like gum loss, root exposure, or pockets around the root.
Also similar to human dentistry, we do full mouth x-rays of your cat. This allows our veterinarians to be able to evaluate the roots of your cat's teeth as well as any disease or abnormalities that are located below the gum line and not visible on examination alone. Because cats get most tooth lesions below the gum line, this is an important step.
Tooth Extractions/Oral Surgery
We make every effort to save teeth that we feel are healthy. In many circumstances, however, periodontal disease is so advanced that treatment without extraction isn't possible. We only extract teeth that in the doctor's opinion are beyond saving.
Extractions require oral surgery to safely remove each individual root. We have extensive training and experience to perform these procedures properly. Pain medications are administered in clinic and maybe provided for in-home aftercare.