Pet Oral Care
Dental healthcare is very important to the overall health of your cat. Cats are affected by many of the same dental problems that affect dogs (periodontal disease, fractured teeth, and oral tumors) in addition to a syndrome that is more common in the cat (tooth resporption, gingivostomatitis).
More than fifty percent of cats over three years old will be affected by tooth resporption. Tooth resorption are cavity like lesions that usually start where the tooth root and crown join. Tooth resorption is very painful to the cat. Cats affected with tooth resorption may show excessive salivation, bleeding in the mouth, or have difficulty eating. A majority of affected cats do not show obvious clinical signs. Radiographs are helpful in making definitive diagnosis and treatment planning.
Cats can also be affected by gingivostomatitis, which is severe inflammation of the gums and oral tissue. Signs in an affected cat include difficulty eating, swallowing, and salivation.
Routine oral exam performed by a veterinarian is the best way to diagnose these problems. If problems exist your veterinarian will recommend a dental cleaning and radiographs of the teeth to help in locating dental disease, and to determine if extraction of a tooth is needed. At Memorial Cat Hospital we offer complete dental services to provide necessary dental care for your cat.
View our Dental Handout.