Dental Health: Cats
Dental disease is very common in our cats. At home, you can watch for signs like bad breath, discoloured teeth, red gums or changes in chewing. Cats often get erosions in their enamel similar to cavities in people. These can be very painful. At each yearly check-up, the Full Circle Veterinarian will examine your cat’s teeth looking for subtle signs of dental disease and help you initiate preventative dental care.
What dental care you offer for cats?
Full Circle offers oral health exams with a general examination and provides advice on dental care. In co-operation with PetWorks Animal Hospital, we also offer full dental cleanings, dental radiographs, and dental extractions where needed.
What natural dental products do you carry for cats?
At Full Circle Vets, we advocate the use of Healthy Mouth TM as a water additive or toothpaste to reduce tartar build up. This product contains natural ingredients like pomegranate, Yucca extract, Clove extract etc. which naturally break down soft plaque before it forms to tartar. The herb and vitamin combinations are also antibacterial. Healthy Mouth TM comes in a convenient gel for cats which is quick, easy to apply and very effective in reducing tartar deposits.
How often should I brush or apply Healthy Mouth TM gel to my cat’s mouth?
Brushing teeth physically disturbs the biofilm that forms on the teeth, allowing saliva and water to wash it away before hardening to calculus. It takes about 72 hours to form calculus so daily or every other day brushing is best. Healthy Mouth TM toothpaste carries a VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of acceptance for plaque control and reduced periodontal disease. The feline gel is best applied daily.
What does the VOHC seal on dental products mean?
The “Veterinary Oral Health Council exists to recognize products that meet pre-set standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats. Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols…Regular use of products carrying the VOHC Seal will reduce the severity of periodontal disease in pets.”