Cats need regular dental care, just like humans! Can you image what your teeth and mouth would feel like if you did not have regular teeth cleanings?
Dental care for your cat can make a big difference in your cat’s health and comfort. Periodontal disease is very common in cats. Cats also have other oral conditions, such as tooth resorption, feline stomatitis, and fractured teeth. These conditions are often very painful for cats, and may require aggressive dental treatment.
Please monitor your cat for any signs of dental disease and call us right away if you notice any signs of dental disease. Your cat may be uncomfortable or in pain. Common signs of dental disease in cats include:
At DVAH, we will perform a thorough dental examination during your cat’s annual wellness exam and will recommend a professional cleaning when needed by your cat.
Professional Dental Cleaning at DVAH
We place your cat under the safest anesthesia possible and perform a comprehensive oral exam. We will check each tooth for mobility, fractures, malocclusion, and periodontal disease. We will remove plaque and tartar using hand instruments and power scaling equipment. We give your cat’s teeth a thorough ultrasonic cleaning and polishing.
Digital Dental Radiography
Digital dental radiography, also known as digital x-ray, is an advanced dental technology that allows us to examine individual teeth underneath the gumline for bone loss, hidden fractures, or abscesses that may be present. The digital images are ready within minutes, reducing the amount of time your cat is exposed to radiation. This also allows us to diagnose and treat your cat quickly and efficiently.
At-Home Dental Care
Home care for your cat’s teeth can make a big difference in your cat’s health and comfort. Regular at home dental care can prevent the buildup of plaque on your cat’s teeth. You have a wide range of at home oral health care options for your cat, but any regular oral health care routine will bring good results to your cat’s oral health. Reducing or controlling plaque, which is an accumulation of bacteria that can progress to periodontitis--pockets of chronic infection, oral pain, and severe infections-- will keep your cat healthier over his or her lifetime. Brushing your cat’s teeth is the single most effective way to maintain your cat’s good oral health in between regular cleanings. If you have any questions about brushing your cat’s teeth, please ask us. We can show you several effective ways to brush your cat’s teeth at home.
Dominion Valley Animal Hospital
5371 Merchants View Square Haymarket, VA 20169
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