Question: Do I really need to have my cats teeth checked and cleaned yearly? He seems to be eating fine!
Answer: Without question, it is very important to have your cat’s teeth cleaned yearly! Most cats do not allow us to do a complete oral exam like when we go to the dentist. Therefore, performing a yearly dental exam on your pet allows us to address any oral abnormalities that may be causing your cat pain.
Cats can develop various oral abnormalities at any given time including stomatitis, Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (FORL), pathologic jaw fractures, fractured teeth, tumors, etc…. Cats are very stoic animals and majority of the time they do not stop eating because of mouth pain which makes it difficult to know if your animal is hurting.
This is why it’s essential to have a dentistry done yearly!