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.
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.
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.