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:
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.
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.
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.
Of cats who don’t receive
early dental care have dental
disease by the time they are three
Of adult cats have some
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Frequency of dental extractions for cats 3 years and older1
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.
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.
Available at participating hospitals.
Includes complete dental exam, anesthesia, IV fluids, cleaning & polishing. All dentistry patients must be current on vaccinations, which may be updated at the time of the initial exam. Advanced dental cases may require additional cleaning or other services at an added cost. Extractions, pre-anesthetic blood panels, and dental X-rays, if necessary, are at an additional non-discounted cost. Discount offered on appointments occurring between December 2, 2013 and March 31, 2014. Not to be combined with any other offer.
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