Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)

Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis) in Cats


Dental care in your cat is very important. Keeping your cat’s teeth clean prevents bad breath, plaque buildup, gingivitis (inflamed gum tissue), tooth loss, and change in appetite.

A dental exam can be performed by a doctor to initially determine any possible dental problems your cat may have. If signs of dental disease or other issues are noted, a dental cleaning (prophylaxis) may be recommended.

Surgical procedures
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Your cat’s teeth will be examined, any plaque will be removed, and the teeth polished. An antibiotic is given to prevent any bacterial infection after cleaning the teeth.

Your cat’s teeth may require other procedures such as dental x-rays or extractions. The doctor will determine the necessity of these things during the dental exam. A dental estimate can be provided to you prior to a procedure if your cat needs care beyond the general cleaning.

Important considerations before and after surgery

  • Do not feed your cat for 12 hours before admittance for the dental procedure.
  • The doctor may require or suggest feeding soft or canned food the first few days after surgery to allow your cat’s mouth to heal.
  • A dental recheck may be required 7 to 10 days after the procedure.
  • Your cat may be put on a special tooth diet based on examination findings by the doctor.

Frequently Asked Question

How can I prevent dental disease in my cat?

  • Watch your pet for any signs of dental disease including yellow-brown crust on the teeth, inflamed gums, any change in chewing or eating habits.
  • Gradually introduce teeth brushing with a pet toothpaste (not human toothpaste) as a normal routine in your cat’s life. This may take several days or weeks to accomplish.

How much does it cost to have my cat’s teeth cleaned?
Every cat’s mouth is different. We recommend having a doctor looking at your cat’s teeth to provide the most accurate estimate for a dental cleaning or extractions.

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