If your cat has dental disease or a toothache, you are very unlikely to notice. That is why a regular annual dental and health check-up is important. Unlike dogs, they don’t tend to pant, so their teeth are not easily visible. Any smelly breath, yellow tartar build-up or sometimes they may drop their food, can be signs they need a dental exam.
A dental check up may highlight the need for cleaning, polishing, tooth extraction or even just a change in diet to prevent the problems and do away with the need for yearly cleans. Remember, your cat will look and function better and also live longer with healthy teeth and gums.
It’s true that a high percentage of aging cats suffer from some degree of periodontal and gingival disease. This is a condition in which bacteria attack the gum tissue causing a foul odour, yellowish brown crusts of tartar around the gum line and even pain and bleeding when your cat eats or you touch its gums.
Our clinic caters for all routine dentistry, from cleaning and polishing through to managing periodontal disease and sometimes tooth extraction. For more advanced problems, we offer full dental referral services to specialists trained in advanced orthodontics.