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How to Keep Your Cat’s Mouth Healthy

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Professional Cleanings

To do a thorough job and to ensure your cat doesn’t experience any pain during the procedure, dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia. A pre-anesthesia exam is done first, which includes bloodwork and EKG.

Once under anesthesia, dental x-rays are done. The gums and teeth are then probed to check for gum bleeding and inflammation. Each tooth is checked for any issues. After manually probing, an ultrasonic scaler is used to remove tartar on the tooth as well as beneath the gum line. Any teeth that need to be extracted will be removed as well. After scaling, the teeth are polished. Your veterinarian may also apply a tooth sealant to help slow future plaque accumulation.

Tartar Control Food Treats and Chews

Don’t depend on these products to take the place of regular tooth brushing and professional cleanings. Use these products, if recommended by your veterinarian, in combination with regular brushing.

Be Observant

Pay attention to changes in behavior and appetite as they could be signs of dental problems. When it comes to your cat’s breath, it shouldn’t have a foul odor, so if you notice an unpleasant smell, it’s time for a check-up.

If you’ve ever had a cavity, loose tooth, abscess or any other dental problem, you know how painful it can be. Don’t neglect this very important aspect of your cat’s overall health.

Need more Information?

If you have questions about your cat’s dental care or are concerned about a change in your cat’s health or behavior, contact your veterinarian. If you have questions about how to brush your cat’s teeth, your veterinarian can give you a demonstration and offer more specific instructions based on your individual cat’s needs.

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the books by best-selling author, Pam Johnson-Bennett, including the comprehensive cat care manual, Think Like a Cat.

NOTE: This article is not intended as a replacement for your cat’s veterinary care and is not meant to dispense medical advice. Contact your veterinarian if you have questions about your cat’s health.