Managing Your Cat’s Dental Needs

We love being trusted with the care of your feline companion, but there are plenty of things you can do for them at home to supplement the treatments we provide. After all, your cat relies on you for all of their needs, and that includes dental care. Sadly, many pets do not receive the essential dental treatments they require to be fully healthy. Over time, plaque and tartar will build up on your pet’s teeth, eventually spreading under the gums and causing irritation and infection.

Gum disease is a common condition involving inflammation of the gums, along with tooth and bone loss. To prevent gum disease from developing in your cat’s mouth, we can help by offering our advice and providing professional dental exams and cleanings.

What Our Feline Dental Services Entail

During a standard physical exam, we can only see so much of your pet’s oral cavity. Naturally, they are not likely to be cooperative during an oral exam. That’s why the bulk of your cat’s dental work must be performed while they are under anesthesia. During this time, we can take a much closer look at their teeth and gums, and search for any signs of damage to the teeth, bones and surrounding tissues.

When cleaning your cat’s teeth, the process includes:

  • Ultrasonic scaling – this procedure involves using an ultrasonic scaler to remove stubborn calculus from the teeth
  • Polishing – smoothing the tooth surface to reduce future plaque and tartar buildup
  • Extractions – if a tooth is broken, abscessed, loose or decayed, it will need to be extracted
  • Charting – Any abnormalities or potential extractions will be recorded in your cat’s medical chart so we can keep a full record of their dental treatments

Caring for Your Cat’s Teeth at Home

If you can get your cat used to teeth brushing when they’re young, you should be able to brush their teeth every day with little trouble. Brushing your cat’s teeth is a highly effective way to prevent daily plaque and tartar buildup, and therefore prevent gum disease, as well. You can also try dental treats and a special dental diet to supplement their care. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for advice!