Dental Care for Cats

x-ray2bFeline dental disease is less prevalent among the cat population than in dogs, yet it does occur and the consequences are serious. Animal Hospitals Champions Northwest and Jones Road veterinarians recommend all cats with severe tartar and plaque buildup undergo a feline dental prophy, or cleaning. Feline dental prophys are one of the important keys to pets' long term good health and pleasant breath.

Cat dental conditions requiring immediate veterinary intersession include feline ondoclastic resorptive lesions that disentegrate the tooth, feline oral cancer, feline orthodontic problems, gingivitis, inflamed gums and ulcers, and periodontitis. Typically, a good veterinary exam will reveal indicators of these problems, which is yet another reason why it is vital for all cats to see a veterinarian on a regular basis.

The feline dental prophy at our veterinary hospitals is extremely thorough and comprehensive. It includes a pre-surgical exam, pre-anesthesia bloodwork, intravenous catheter, pre-sedation, gas anesthesia, full mouth digital radiographs, ultrasonic scaling, patient vital sign monitoring, subgingival curettage, dental charting, polishing, fluoride treatment, and Sanos TM dental barrier sealant (optional). Our feline dental care services extend beyond routine care, and may also involve root canals, extractions, cancer treatment, and other oral procedures. For more information about our dental cleanings, please view the our video, "The Story of Mug and How He Got His Teeth Cleaned." Even though the video is about canine dental cleaning, the protocol for cats is very similar.

Owners may also support good feline dental health by brushing the cat's teeth daily with a pet toothpaste such as C.E.T.™ Enzymatic Toothpaste for Dogs and Cats, conducting a bi-weekly exam of the mouth (or when odor is present), using C.E.T. AquaDent™ drinking water additive, applying Sanos sealant, and purchasing a pet food or treats designed to promote feline dental health.