Dental care is an important part of your cat’s overall health. Dental infections can spread and lead to problems in other organ,s such as, the bladder, kidneys or heart. In addition, infected teeth are usually quite painful and can lead to decreased food intake and an unhealthy weight loss. We check your cat’s teeth and oral cavity thoroughly during examinations to look for signs of disease. If tartar or infections are found, we recommend a dental cleaning and whatever else is needed to keep your cat feeling their best!
When your cat has a dental cleaning, they will be anesthetized to insure a safe and painless experience. First, the tartar is cleaned off the teeth using an ultrasonic scaler. Next, a periodontal probe is used to check for pockets of disease, cavities or exposed nerve tissue. Houston Cat Hospital can perform digital dental radiographs. This diagnostic tool is important in evaluating the health of the tooth as dental disease in cats tend to live below the gum line. Lastly, your cat’s teeth are polished to create a smooth surface that will discourage plaque adhesion. Because your cat will have been sedated, they will stay the night with us. This is included in the price of the cleaning.
We are also excited to offer Oravet dental sealant which can be applied to your cat’s teeth after they are polished. This easy to apply sealant is then used once weekly at home to slow down future plaque build up. We have seen a noticeable improvement in dental health with cats using Oravet!
If your cat needs a more routine cleaning to prevent dental disease, call us at 713-782-6369 for an appointment any time.