Keeping your cat’s teeth and gums healthy
Cats use their mouths to groom, hunt, eat, and play – it’s little wonder the most common problems we see in cats are often dental related.
Besides discomfort for your cat, dental disease can lead to bigger issues like tooth abscesses and even heart, liver, and kidney problems.
The good news is, in most cases, dental disease is preventable with regular dental checks and the appropriate ongoing dental care.
During a dental check, we carry out a thorough examination of your cat’s mouth, teeth, and gums and determine if there are any signs of gingivitis, plaque build-up or infection. This check-up will identify if your cat requires a professional dental scale and polish, or some at-home preventive measures to help maintain a healthy mouth.
Signs of dental disease include:
- bad breath
- discoloured teeth
- loose teeth
- reluctance to chew or eat
- excessive drooling
- blood-stained or inflamed gums
- facial swelling
- pawing at the mouth
This is a great time to discuss any other health care matters that are of concern, such as diet and nutrition, heartworm prevention, intestinal worming, flea and tick prevention, and skin care.