VCA All Pets Animal Hospital Lafayette

Cat Dental Care

Let's get to
the root
of cat dental problems

In order to protect your cat’s health, it’s important to know what you’re up against. These are the most common types of cat dental problems:

  • Periodontal disease
    As the most common clinical condition occurring in adult cats, periodontal disease is unfortunately also the most serious. Studies have shown it is linked to a variety of health problems, including damage to internal organs. Luckily it’s one of the most easily preventable.
  • Tooth Resorption
    A gradual destruction of the tooth or teeth from the outside of the tooth at the gum line leaves nerve endings exposed, which can result in significant pain. The only option in this case is to remove the affected teeth.
  • Feline Stomatitis
    In response to bacteria found in plaque, an over-active immune system can cause a severe inflammation and ulceration of the soft tissues within a cat’s mouth. The severe pain caused by this condition can respond to medical treatment, but in most cases the affected teeth will need to be removed.
Learn about common cat dental diseases

Did You Know...


Of cats who don’t receive
early dental care have dental
disease by the time they are three


Of adult cats have some
form of periodontal disease

Frequency of dental extractions for cats 3 years and older1

Doctor holding animals

Many pet owners think their cat's teeth are fine because they eat and drink normally, but over two-thirds of adult cats have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a painful infection that can ultimately affect the liver, heart and kidneys through spread of infection in the body!

— John F Huff III,
VCA Board Certified Dental Specialist

Take a bite out of cat dental disease with proper care

The best way to deal with dental problems is prevention! With proper home care, most dental problems are completely preventable.

One of the best prevention tools is a toothbrush. Brushing your cat’s teeth regularly can help prevent many of the most serious dental issues. And it’s easier than you think.

In addition to brushing, there are many other things you can do at home to ensure your cat’s teeth stay healthy – from dental wipes to teeth-cleaning treats.

More on cat dental care
and hygiene

Importance of regular cat dental checkups

Bringing your cat in for an annual checkup and cleaning is a vital part of keeping them healthy. During a checkup visit, your cat will be evaluated for any obvious periodontal disease, which includes infection or inflammation of tissues and structures surrounding the teeth. Your veterinarian will determine if a follow-up cleaning appointment is needed.

If a cleaning is required, your veterinarian will recommend anesthesia to minimize stress and discomfort and to provide the most optimal evaluation and cleaning. During this appointment, a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing will be performed and if indicated, full-mouth x-rays to detect deeper problems with the tooth roots. Your cat will be continuously monitored while under anesthesia.

Learn more about cat dental checkups

Know the signs

Check all that apply below and see if your cat is at risk


You have done a great job keeping your cat’s teeth healthy.

Keep up the good work; visit your veterinarian once a year for a thorough dental checkup to keep your cat’s teeth clear of trouble.


Your cat might be showing signs of periodontal disease.

Visit your veterinarian for a complete oral health examination to find out what’s the root of the problem.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately if it is after hours our phone will ring directly to VCA All Pets Boulder Animal Hospital located about 10 minutes away from us at 5290 Manhattan Circle, 303-499-5335.