Is your cat overdue for a dental check-up? Dental care is just as important for cats as it is for people, and neglected teeth can lead to a variety of health problems. We would like to discuss the importance of cat dental care and some tips on how to keep your furry friend's teeth healthy. If you're looking for an evaluation of your cat's dental health, we have the skills and resources at Denver Cat Hospital. Our cat veterinarians conduct detailed dental exams to detect existing and potential problems to provide suitable treatment.
The Importance of Proper Cat Dental Care
Cats are known for their cleanliness, but that doesn't mean they don't need help keeping their teeth clean. Just like people, cats need to have their teeth brushed and checked for tartar buildup and other problems. Over time, plaque can harden into tartar, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and other problems.
These issues can cause a lot of pain and discomfort to your animal companion, and may eventually lead to infections that can spread throughout the body, potentially causing organ damage. That is why it is so crucial to keep up with your cat's dental care.
How to Maintain Proper Dental Care for Cats
Good dental care for cats starts with regular brushing. You can use a special cat toothbrush and toothpaste or try a finger brush. Be sure to use a toothpaste that's designed specifically for cats, as human toothpaste can be toxic.
Start slowly and get your cat used to the sensation of having his or her teeth brushed. Once your cat is okay with the toothbrush, you can begin to brush in circular motions. Be sure to brush the front and back of the teeth as well as the tongue.
Professional Dental Care
In addition to regular brushing, you should also take your cat for regular dental checkups. During these dental exams, the veterinarian will thoroughly clean your cat's teeth and check for any problems. We will also give you tips on how to best care for your cat's teeth at home. You should also keep an eye out for signs of dental disease in cats. Some of them include:
- Bad breath
- Yellow or brown buildup on the teeth
- Red and swollen gums
- Excessive drooling
- Decreased appetite
- Loss of weight
If you notice any of these signs, bring your cat in for a checkup right away.
Visit Denver Cat Hospital in Denver for Dental Care
Proper dental care is essential for cats of all ages. By starting early and staying vigilant, you can help your cat avoid a host of painful and potentially dangerous problems. Call our team today at (303) 757-7892 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.