Dentistry

Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 70% of cats have dental disease by the age of 3. Dental (or periodontal) disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in cats.

Common signs of dental disease include:

  • Yellow or brown buildup (tartar) on the teethtooth
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Changes in eating or chewing habits
  • Pawing at the face
  • Loose teeth
  • Depression

Even if your cat doesn’t have these symptoms, we recommend that you have a veterinarian evaluate your cat’s dental health at least once a year. Bacteria and food debris accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay can result in irreversible periodontal disease, tooth loss, and possibly expensive oral surgery.

Dental disease can also affect other organs in the body: Bacteria in the mouth can get into the bloodstream and cause serious infections in the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. If these problems aren’t caught and treated quickly enough, they can result in death. A physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if infection in the mouth has spread.

Schedule your cat’s dental exam today!