What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?
Cats do not happily sit still while we attempt to clean their teeth above and below the gum line, so kitties are anesthetized during the dental prophylaxis. During the cleaning, the entire mouth is inspected for gingivitis, gum recession, loose and damaged teeth etc., so that the veterinarian can make an educated decision about any other treatment which the patient may need. The teeth are then polished at the end of the procedure.
What are signs of dental problems in cats?
Similar to dogs, the first sign that owners will often notice is foul smelling breath when the pet is close by. Difficulty or sensitivity eating, followed by more severe symptoms such as weight loss may then follow.
What is feline tooth resorption?
This is a condition which affects many cats. In basic terms, holes form in the enamel of the tooth, often where it meets the gum line. It progressively creates weakening and sensitivity of the tooth, and the process cannot be stopped or reversed. All affected teeth need to be removed.