Oral hygiene plays an important role in pet health.
Nearly 80% of cats struggle with some level of periodontal disease, which can be painful and even cause organ damage.
It’s important to catch problems with teeth early and to continue to check your cat twice a year. The early stages of tooth disease can usually be reversed.
Signs of Dental Problems
Signs of dental problems can include:
- Bad breath
- Facial swellings
- Draining wounds
- Bleeding or discharge from the mouth or nose
- Dropping food or chewing only on one side of the mouth
- Pawing at the mouth
- Tooth grinding
- Discolored teeth
- Teeth covered in tarter
- Bleeding from the mouth
Often there are no obvious signs of teeth problems or disease and most cats with dental disease still eat without a noticeable change in appetite!
Discuss your cat’s teeth at their routine annual check up.
Dental Examinations Should Start Early
There are four stages of periodontal disease, with stage one being the most minimal and progressing through to stage four.
The first stage is the only stage that is considered reversible, through the use of professional and home dental healthcare for the cat. This is why we recommend a professional dental exam and cleaning in the the first or second year of your cat’s life.
Your veterinarian should then perform an exam every 6-12 months after.
This involves a general examination while the cat is awake, but will also require anesthesia to allow for complete examination.
If you are suspicious of dental disease, an examination or dental consultation by your veterinarian would be highly recommended.
We will check your cat for clinical signs of periodontal disease. An estimate for a dental cleaning can be provided if needed during this time.
Our experienced vets in our clinic can treat and prevent dental problems and show you how you can care for their teeth at home.