Prevention is the key and we can help! Having your cat's teeth evaluated annually, during their regular examination, is important for detecting dental disease as it starts. Despite this, oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums and bad breath. In later stages you may notice changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized lethargy or depression.
Simply scraping the tartar off the surface of the tooth does little to correct periodontitis. To truly address the problem we must remove the tartar and bacteria under the gums. This is done under a general anesthetic as cleaning below the gum line is uncomfortable and takes time to do well. In many cases, we find diseased teeth on x-rays too, and can address this during the same appointment.