Cat Dental Care

Let's get to the root of cat dental problems

Take a bite out of cat dental disease with proper care

The best way to deal with dental problems is prevention! With proper home care, most dental problems are completely preventable. One of the best prevention tools is a toothbrush. Brushing your cat’s teeth regularly can help prevent many of the most serious dental issues. And it’s easier than you think.

In addition to brushing, there are many other things you can do at home to ensure your cat’s teeth stay healthy, from dental wipes to teeth-cleaning treats.


John F. Huff III, VCA Board Certfied Dental Specialist

Many pet owners think their pet’s teeth are fine because they eat and drink normally, but over two-thirds of adult pets have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a painful infection that can ultimately affect the liver, heart and kidneys through spread of infection in the body! 

- John F Huff III,
VCA Board Certified Dental Specialist


Importance of regular cat dental checkups

Bringing your cat in for an annual checkup and cleaning is a vital part of keeping them healthy. During a checkup visit, your cat will be evaluated for any obvious periodontal disease, which includes infection or inflammation of tissues and structures surrounding the teeth. Your veterinarian will determine if a follow-up cleaning appointment is needed.

If a cleaning is required, your veterinarian will recommend anesthesia to minimize stress and discomfort and to provide the most optimal evaluation and cleaning. During this appointment, a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing will be performed and if indicated, full-mouth x-rays to detect deeper problems with the tooth roots. Your cat will be continuously monitored while under anesthesia. Learn more about cat dental checkups 


Did You Know?



Of adult cats have some form of dental or periodontal disease.



Of cats who don't receive early dental care have dental disease by the time they are three years old.



Of adult catshave had teeth extracted.

Untreated Gums


Untreated gums will become inflamed, creating pockets that can harbor harmful bacteria.

Gums may bleed, the roots of your pet's teeth may be exposed, and teeth may loosen.

Over time the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.

Once in the bloodstream, bacteria can potentially cause liver, kidney and heart disease.

Know The Signs

Check all that apply below and see if your cat is at risk

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