The Importance of Cat Teeth Cleaning
Have you ever had your cat’s teeth cleaned? If not, you could be doing your precious pet a disservice. While the idea of cleaning your cat's teeth on your own probably doesn’t sound like a fun activity, you don't have to do it yourself. Keeping the cat still and keeping those claws in and away from you is the best way to get your kitty's teeth cleaned, and this should be done by a professional.
If rough tartar begins to accumulate on the surface of your cat’s teeth and it touches their gum line, it’s time to invest in a professional oral evaluation, treatment, and a prevention visit.
The good news is that if you are in the Nashville area, our team at Nashville Cat Clinic are here to help you with your feline’s oral health.
What Goes on During a Feline Dental Exam?
The first step for feline dental care is to schedule an exam with your veterinarian. The vet will confirm that the cleaning is needed and will review what procedures will be done. Because it’s difficult to determine the likelihood or extent of dental disease before the procedure, it’s important that your vet can contact you while the procedure is going on to let you know if more treatment is needed.
For a proper dental evaluation, the cat will be put under general anesthesia. This ensures your vet can examine the cat’s mouth fully and note any abnormalities present. The exam will likely include x-rays and probing, which will evaluate if any gum bleeding occurs or if there are any periodontal pockets where decay may occur.
The Teeth Cleaning Process
At the cat clinic, the vet will note any diseased teeth on the cat’s medical chart and use tooth scaling to remove tartar both above and below the gum line. This will help to ensure that the possibility of periodontal disease is eliminated. If the condition is more advanced, the teeth affected may have to be extracted to prevent the condition from getting worse in the future.
Keeping Your Cat’s Teeth Healthy
As you can see, taking your cat to a Nashville cat clinic on a regular basis is the best way to ensure they maintain quality feline oral health. If you need to schedule an exam with our veterinarian, contact our team at the Nashville Cat Clinic.