Cat Dental Care
Prevent dental disease and teeth loss
Dental care is an essential part of your cat's overall health, however, it often goes overlooked. Oral hygiene plays a huge part in ensuring your cat lives a long, healthy life. When oral hygiene is neglected, pets can develop dental disease which negatively affects other systems in the body and may lead to tooth loss.
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Dental disease is typically dictated by genetics, and there’s not much control we have over that. However, having thorough oral exams 1-2 times a year allows us to asses the things we do have control over.
Minimizing tartar buildup, gingivitis (which can cause secondary issues), looking for resorptive lesions (cat cavities), and looking for evidence of periodontal disease are all things we do during our routine dentals.
We do everything for cats that the dentist does for us when performing a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment (COHAT), but it does have to be under anesthesia. Cats are great at hiding signs of pain and disease, so any subtle changes in how your cat approaches eating or grooming may be an indicator of a painful mouth.
Digital Dental Radiology
When cats have their teeth cleaned, we conduct an oral health assessment and provide our clients with treatment suggestions. Digital x-rays assist us in making those recommendations by giving us insight into underlying issues.
Thanks to digital x-rays, we can image the following parts of the mouth:
- Soft tissue
Digital radiology can also reveal problems lurking beneath the gums, such as foreign objects, cysts, and even tumors. Studies have shown that, without the help of digital x-rays, significant dental issues are missed in up to 75% of pets.
If your pet is experiencing discomfort or pain, give us a call at (816) 361-4888 or request an appointment online.