Imagine what would happen if we didn’t brush and floss our teeth daily. Well, we all would be plagued with bad breath, cavities, and rotting teeth galore! Unknowingly, this happens way too often in cats and the end result is severe dental disease requiring multiple tooth extractions. Periodontal disease can be prevented just by training our cats to accept tooth brushing and performing this daily. As well, veterinary-specific dental diets have been tested and shown to be effective to reduce plaque and tartar. Please contact us if you require more information on how to get your pet’s teeth on the right track.
What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?
A complete examination of your pet’s oral cavity is performed and any missing, fractured teeth are recorded. The pocket depths of all the teeth are measured and dental x-rays are taken. This allows us to see what is happening with the roots, which are not seen and underneath the gums. A bacterial rinse is given and any local nerve blocks if extractions are required. The tartar and plaque is then removed with an electronic scaler and a manual scaler is used underneath the gums. The teeth are then polished.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Signs that you may observe include redness, swelling, recession of the gums, tartar accumulation, bad breath, difficulties eating and decreased appetite as a result of oral pain.
Are some breeds more susceptible than others?
Yes, Abyssinians, Persians and Orientals are more susceptible to dental disease.
What is feline tooth resorption?
It is the loss of tooth substance, due to the action of cells called odontoblasts. The affected teeth will erode and eventually disappear, as they are absorbed into the cat’s body. Until the point where full absorption has occurred, this is very painful to the cat. Risk factors to developing feline tooth resorption are periodontal disease, trauma, dietary composition, breed and increased levels of vitamin D.