Cat Dental Care

Your veterinarian is also a trained dentist who can diagnose and treat a range of oral health issues. The condition of your pet’s teeth and gums is directly related to the health of the rest of the body.

What is involved in a dental cleaning procedure?

During the dentistry, each tooth and its supporting structure is individually examined. Any plaque or tartar is removed above and below the gum line, and gingival pockets are cleaned and flushed. The teeth are then polished, and fluoride is applied. For most pets, it is a challenge to stay still while the delicate process of examination and cleaning is carried out. Anesthesia is the best way to ensure a calm and successful dental procedure. The inhalant anesthesia offered is the same used in human medicine and is very safe.

What are signs of dental problems in cats?

Dental issues in cats include gingivitis (red gums), plaque accumulation, and resorptive lesions (similar to human cavities). More prevalent in cats than dogs, these lesions can become very painful.

What is feline tooth resorption?

Resorptive lesions are a common problem in cats. The tooth resorbs starting as a hole in the enamel like a cavity. It can be quite painful.


Archie the dog lying on a bed with dental health book, toothbrush and toothpaste

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Last updated: August 9, 2022.

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies. Here is what you can expect during your next visit:

  • Our doors are open, and all clients are welcome inside.
  • Although restrictions have been lifted in the province, we ask that clients wear a mask if accompanying a pet inside the hospital.
  • If you would like to request curbside pickup for purchases, we will gladly accommodate.
  • Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Centretown Veterinary Hospital