Oral health is a very important part of your cat’s well being. Conditions such as feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLs), growths, inflammation, infection, or fractured teeth can affect your cat’s health. Treatment for these conditions may include antibiotic therapy, pain medication, and a dental cleaning. A certified veterinary technician will thoroughly clean your cat’s teeth using an ultrasonic scaler and polish the surface of each tooth. The doctor then performs a complete oral exam, assessing for conditions like pockets in the gingiva or enamel defects. If any teeth are abnormal, an X-ray is taken with a special dental X-ray unit. The doctor may then perform any necessary surgery such as tooth extraction, biopsy of tissues, or removal of growths.
February is dental month in the veterinary community, which helps provide awareness for dental care; be sure to watch for discounts during this month!