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Dental Care for Your Kitty

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Chicago Feline Dental Care

You are a responsible cat owner and you take good care of your four-legged companion. But do you always remember to take care of your cat's teeth? Maybe you've tried, but your kitty just won't let you near his or her mouth. The team at Cat Hospital of Chicago understands how difficult caring for your favorite feline's teeth can be, and we're here to help!

Cats can be burdened by dental diseases and problems just as easily as we are. Regular dental check-ups at Cat Hospital of Chicago, combined with good dental hygiene at home, can increase your cat's health, vitality, and well-being while helping ensure he or she leads the best life possible.

If left untreated, dental disease can not only be painful and inhibit proper nutrition, but can also lead to serious systemic issues that may threaten your cat's overall health before symptoms are noticeable. For those reasons, our veterinary team strongly considers dental care an important piece of your cat's preventive health care program.

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Protecting Your Cat's Dental Health at Cat Hospital of Chicago

Our veterinarians and staff believe the centerpiece of good dental care is a complete oral exam followed by a thorough cleaning under the gum line with ultrasonic scalers designed to remove plaque and slow its buildup.

At our veterinary hospital, your cat's dental appointment includes:

  • Oral examinations under anesthesia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease
  • Full mouth digital X-rays
  • Supra and subgingival scaling
  • Tooth extractions
  • Polishing
  • Irrigation

Should we find any issue—such as evidence of gum or tooth erosion, gingivitis, "cat cavities,"or fractured teeth—we will discuss this with you and offer treatment options for your cat. We are experienced dental practitioners and can offer a number of dental procedures and oral surgeries.

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You can prevent serious dental problems by making sure your cat receives dental exams at the time of each vaccination, again at six months of age, and then once a year as they age. In between visits to your veterinarian at Cat Hospital of Chicago, check your cat's teeth regularly for signs of problems. Brushing your cat's teeth is the single most important procedure you can do to maintain good oral health. If performed regularly, brushing dramatically decreases the incidence of gingivitis and can increase the interval between teeth cleaning appointments.

If you are unsure of how to brush your wiggly, often uncooperative kitty's teeth, please ask a staff member at Cat Hospital of Chicago for instructions.

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Signs of Feline Dental Problems

Symptoms of dental disease include:

  • Bad breath—one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your cat eats or when the mouth or gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

If your cat is experiencing any of the above symptoms—or if you simply wish to be given more information on our dental services—please call Cat Hospital of Chicago today at (773) 539-9080.

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