If the teeth are overcrowded or if baby teeth are present in your adult aged cat, your veterinarian may remove some of the baby (deciduous) teeth. Your veterinarian will teach you how to clean your cat's teeth, and will make appointments for follow-up examinations. The frequency of dental examinations and care will be dependent on the stage of periodontal disease your cat has been diagnosed with. It may be scheduled for once a year, or more is your cat has reached a more severe stage of disease.
You can help to maintain your cat's oral health care by brushing or rubbing (with a special finger pad) the teeth once a day or at least twice a week with a veterinary toothpaste. Your veterinarian may also give you a veterinary antibacterial solution to squirt on your cat's teeth to decrease plaque build-up. There may be some dietary supplements, specific foods or chew toys that can help to maintain dental health as well. Talk to your veterinarian about what is appropriate for your cat.
A fissure or groove
A medical condition in which the gums become inflamed
Another word for the gums; the membrane around the teeth and the lining of the mouth
Used to refer to any drug or medical substance that has the ability to slow down or stop the growth of bacteria and other such organisms.