Dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting cats. Dental health is a vital component to helping our cats live a happy and healthy life.
What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?
During a dental procedure, your cat will be required to go under general anesthetic. They will receive a complete dental procedure equivalent to what we would receive at the dentist. This will include full mouth radiographs, cleaning, polishing, fluoride treatment and extractions if required.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Common signs of dental disease can include bad breath, dropping food, pawing at their mouth or swelling of the face. Some cats will stop eating or have a change in their eating habits such as no longer eating dry food.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
Dental disease is something that affects all cats and some cats can have a genetic predisposition for poor dental health. Breeds such as Persians can be predisposed to dental disease due to crowding in their mouth.
Affected cats will develop lesions in the enamel of the tooth at the gum line which are very painful.
What is feline tooth resorption?
Feline tooth resorption affects many cats. Affected cats will develop lesions in the enamel of the tooth at the gum line which are very painful. The only treatment is to have the affected teeth removed. Radiographs are an important tool to accurately diagnose resorptive lesions as it will allow us to visualize the health of the root beneath the gum line. We provide full mouth dental radiographs with all of our dental procedures.