Annapolis Cat Hospital

Pet Dental Services

Good oral and dental care are essential to your cat’s overall health. When neglected, plaque and tartar build up and can spread infection via the bloodstream throughout your feline’s body, causing serious complications in the heart and other organs. In addition to routine dental exams and cleanings, an in-home regimen can reduce the risk of health problems and dramatically contribute to your pet’s quality of life.

Dental Examinations & Cleanings

At Annapolis Cat Hospital, we work to prevent dental disease with routine dental exams and dental cleanings. During your cat’s regular wellness exam, your veterinarian will examine the teeth and gums for signs of dental diseases, including:

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow or brown teeth
  • Inflamed gums
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Mouth pain or bleeding
  • Tartar and calculus build up
  • Gingivitis
  • Fractured teeth
  • Abscesses
  • Damage to enamel
  • Tumors or excessive gingival tissue
  • Correct bite

If we notice these signs, we may recommend a professional dental cleaning. Dental cleanings are performed under general anesthesia so that your veterinarian can thoroughly clean under the gumline, where most plaque and tartar hide.

At-Home Dental Care

Taking care of your cat’s teeth between visits is the best way to promote a healthy mouth. Ideally, a cat’s teeth should be brushed every day with a pet-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste, but even brushing once or twice a week is beneficial!

Many cats are resistant to brushing, but there are a few tricks you can use to help your cat grow accustomed to it. First, give your cat a small sample of the toothpaste to introduce the taste. When brushing, use gentle motions. Afterwards, reward your cat with playtime, affection, or a healthy treat to positively reinforce the brushing process.

If you cat does not accept brushing, there are dental diets, chews, treats, and toys that can help break down plaque and tartar between visits. Ask your veterinarian to make recommendations based on your pet’s specific needs.

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Located directly next to Bay Ridge Animal Hospital in the shopping center between Bay Ridge Ave and Forest Dr.

Phone: 410-268-2287

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