Dental disease in cats and dogs is not uncommon; approximately 70% of cats and 80% of dogs suffer from some form of dental disease by 3 years of age. Common signs you might notice if your cat or dog is having problems include:

  • Yellow-brown tartar starting at the gumline and spreading down the tooth with increasing severity
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Bad breath
  • Change in eating or chewing habits, particularly in cats
  • Pawing at mouth or face
  • Excessive drooling
  • Loose teeth

Dental Surgery

Under anaesthetic, tartar above the gumline is removed using an ultrasonic scaler and the teeth are then polished. This is usually sufficient to restore good oral health, but if the dental disease has progressed further then extractions might be required. In a small percentage of cases where dental disease is advanced, a short course of antibiotics will be required prior to surgery to reduce the overall bacterial burden.