Dental Disease in Cats

Periodontal disease is one of the most common forms of dental disease seen in cats. It begins with deposits of plaque forming on the surface of the tooth and these deposits then mineralize forming Tartar (also known as Calculus). Tartar is a hard, brown/yellow substance that pushes up against the surface of the gum, over time the gums recede and in extreme cases the tooth root becomes exposed and teeth can be lost. The tartar also forms a site for bacteria to accumulate and possibly enter the bloodstream putting other body systems at risk.

Signs of dental disease:

  • Difficulty eating or chewing
  • Bad breath
  • Rubbing of face or mouth
  • Bleeding, inflamed gums
  • Tartar on teeth
  • Loose teeth

What to do if you think your cat may have a dental problem

The first stage of treatment should be to visit the surgery for a FREE dental check with one of the veterinary nurses. By doing this we can assess the condition of your cat’s teeth and set you on the correct course of treatment for your pet. Demonstrations in tooth brushing will be given and free samples of suitable products will be provided for you to try. If the nurse feels your cat has a problem she will refer you to see the vet at a suitable time.

Examples of treatments performed at this surgery

  • dental scaling
  • polishing
  • extractions

Once your cat has had dental treatment at the surgery it is important you keep up with some form of dental care at home to prevent reoccurrence of the problem and the need for further anaesthetics for your pet. Details of home dental treatments are available from our staff who can advise on brushing techniques and how diet can help with dental care. We also have a range of products and food in stock, specially designed for animal dental care.