The Importance of Cat Teeth Cleaning in Milwaukee WI

Cat Teeth Cleaning In Milwaukee Wi

Teeth cleaning isn’t just a human habit. Cats need dental care, too. Good oral hygiene helps our feline family members avoid dental disease, gingivitis, tooth resorption, and other painful conditions. It can even play a role in extending their lifespan. At The Cat Doctor, we help cat owners understand their pet’s needs and ease them into healthy dental care habits so they can prevent harmful oral health issues. More importantly, we offer dental cleanings and teeth polishing to treat and prevent oral diseases, and make it easier for you to manage your cat’s life-long dental care.

Call (414) 272-2287 to schedule your cat’s dental exam.

Signs of Dental Problems in Cats

For the average person, it isn’t easy to tell if a cat is suffering from any kind of oral health problem without their vet’s help. At The Cat Doctor, we recommend yearly checkups so we can assess your pet’s oral health. We often show our clients the signs of active dental disease in their cat’s mouth during the exam, so they can see what’s going on. Just because clinical signs aren’t obvious, doesn’t mean the condition isn’t serious.

Typically, your veterinarian will look for:

  • Swelling and redness of the gums
  • Bleeding at the gum line
  • Bad breath
  • Drooling
  • Buildup of plaque/tartar along the gum line

Cats with gingivitis or dental disease may also be reluctant to eat or drop food while they’re eating. If you notice this behavior at home, be sure to let us know so we can help!

How We Clean Your Cat’s Teeth

If they start young, cats can learn to tolerate having their teeth brushed regularly. However, we recognize that compliance can be difficult! That’s why we offer yearly dental cleaning, teeth polishing, and if needed, extractions to treat any existing infection and improve your cat’s quality of life.

Before we can clean your cat’s teeth, we will need to examine them and perform blood work to evaluate their organ function and make sure general anesthesia carries minimal risk for them. General anesthesia is required for us to safely and thoroughly clean your pet’s teeth and remove all traces of plaque and/or tartar from above and below their gum line. We also polish the tooth enamel to make it smooth and resistant to future plaque buildup.

If your cat has one or more teeth that are severely damaged or loosened from decay, we’ll contact you to keep you informed and request approval to extract the tooth or teeth. We will be sure to administer the appropriate pain relief to help your cat recover comfortably after their procedure.

Kitten Brushing Her Teeth With Yellow Toothbrush

Managing Your Cat’s Dental Care at Home

Routine brushing prevents plaque and tartar from building up along the gum line and secreting disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. While we still recommend annual dental checkups and periodic teeth cleanings for cats, brushing can extend the time between cleanings. Other options to supplement your cat’s dental care include a prescription dental diet and dental treats.

We look forward to helping you with all your cat’s dental needs and making their ongoing care a little easier for you. Call us at (414) 272-2287 if you have any questions!