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Does your best friend have bad breath? Despite what many pet owners may believe, “bad breath” is not just a nuisance – it’s a sign of an unhealthy mouth. Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Over time, bacteria lead to plaque and tarter buildup on your cat’s teeth. The result is bad breath, reddened gums, and other common signs of dental disease. As dental disease progresses, other signs can include drooling, discomfort while chewing, and loose or missing teeth. Even if you’re using treats and chews to help control tartar, these are frequently not enough to keep dental disease in check. Ask us about the best ways to control plaque and help protect your cat from dental disease.
Dental hygiene is an important part of your cat’s health, because dental disease can be associated with other serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. But how do you know if your cat has a healthy mouth? Let us examine your cat’s teeth and gums to help determine if there are any dental issues you should know about. After a brief visual examination, we may recommend a more detailed examination (which requires sedation), a dental cleaning, or options for at-home dental care.
Even if you think your cat’s teeth and gums are fine, we can offer expert advice to help you keep them that way! Dental health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your cat to us for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
We want your cat to live a long, healthy life, and we understand that maintaining a healthy mouth is part of that. Your cat’s health is important to us, so let us help you with this commitment. Call today to discuss your cat’s dental care needs and how we can help!