Quick Tips: Annual Dental Checkups

Annual checkups are key to your cat's dental health. Here's what you can expect during the vet visit.

Posted: Tue Dec 17 00:00:00 PST 2002

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Cats and kittens receiving adequate dental care at home require fewer trips to the veterinary hospital for checkups and cleanings. However, your cat's teeth should be checked by your veterinarian at least once at his annual exam and more often if he has a history of dental disease. It's probably a good idea to ask your veterinarian to check your cat's teeth each time he visits the clinic for any reason. Some cats rarely need dental cleaning, while others may require the procedure every six months.

In most cases, your cat will receive anesthesia so the veterinarian and veterinary technician can do a thorough job of examining his mouth, taking dental X-rays and cleaning his teeth. Modern anesthetics are much safer than those available only a few years ago, but anesthesia is still stressful, particularly for older cats or cats with compromised health. Don't wait until your cat is old and his teeth are rotten before scheduling his first dental checkup and cleaning.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

12/8/2013 6:37:56 AM


Suzy    Spring, TX

9/15/2010 12:32:03 AM

One of our kitties is 14, has thyroid disease and a moderately severe build-up of plaque and inflammation of her gums. We've been afraid to have her teeth cleaned because of the risk of complications from anesthesia, but now it looks like we have to give it a go.

janet    bethlehem, PA

6/8/2009 8:37:59 AM

god article thanks

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

5/29/2008 5:48:10 AM

My vet checks all my kitties teeth automatically at their annual checkup. No need to ask.

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