Taking Care Of Your Cat’s Dental Health: What You Should Know

When you adopt or buy your first cat, your first thoughts are most likely about whether or not you and your cat will get along, as well as about typical cat behaviors like scratching up the furniture. Within the realm of feline health care, on the other hand, you may not know what to expect. Many first-time and even veteran cat owners do not realize just how important their cat’s dental health is or how to take proper care of their teeth. Get to know some of the important facts about taking care of your cat’s dental health so that you can get them to the cat dentist if and when they need it.

Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth Is Important

Just like you need to brush your teeth every day to prevent infection and other oral health problems, your cat needs regular and frequent tooth brushing as well. Ideally, you would want to brush your cat’s teeth every day.

However, if you and your cat are still in the early stages of your relationship, you may need to work up to that level of trust. Many cats do not like being restrained and do not like people messing with their mouths. Start of small by getting your cat comfortable with you holding their head or jaw in your hands. Scratching their chin is a good way to begin this process, as cats tend to like that.

Next, try to expose their teeth by gently pushing back the skin around their mouths. Once they are comfortable with that, you can try to introduce the toothbrush and begin brushing their teeth. Some cats are going to still be adverse to this process and you may need to brush their teeth less frequently and use dental toys, treats, or foods to supplement the tooth brushing process.

Have Their Teeth Cleaned And Examined Regularly

On your cat’s yearly trip to the veterinarian for a routine checkup, have your vet also do a thorough exam of your cat’s mouth and teeth. This routine exam will help to look for signs of plaque or tartar buildup as well as signs of periodontal disease (gum disease) or tooth decay.

If your cat’s teeth seem to have problems, you will want to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment with a cat dentist or with your veterinarian. A professional teeth cleaning for a cat often involves being put under anesthesia to make it easier for your cat’s care provider to remove buildup from the teeth, remove any infected teeth or gum tissue, and thoroughly clean their mouth.

Now that you know more about taking care of your cat’s dental health, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to make sure your cat is as healthy and happy as possible in your home.