Northeast Animal Hospital
1401 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
How can I tell if my cat has a toothache?
Most common answer: You can’t without help.

Does my cat really need a dentist?

Signs of dental problems in cats:

Many pets show no outward signs or symptoms associated with dental pain.

  • Apparent loss of appetite
  • Drooling
  • Bad Breath
  • Loss of weight
  • Change in grooming habits

Feline dental conditions:

  • Periodontal disease
  • FORLs (feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions)
  • FGS (feline gingivitis/stomatitis syndrome)
  • Feline oral cancer
  • Cracked or broken teeth

Many dental problems cause pain, but survival instincts impel cats (and dogs) to hide their pain. Is it possible to find what your pet is hiding? Northeast Animal Hospital’s veterinarians can diagnose and treat these common dental issues. They can both find and eliminate the pain.

But the best way to eliminate pain is to prevent it…early.

While gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease, it is at the gingivitis stage that treatment can restore your cat’s dental health to normal. Once periodontal tissue and bone begin to deteriorate, however, the condition can become irreversible.

What will the veterinarian do for my cat?


  • Bi-annual exam
  • Annual dental cleaning (bi-annual is recommended if you don’t brush your cat’s teeth weekly)
  • Antibiotics with dental cleaning, if needed


  • Removal of excessive gingival tissue, if needed
  • Removal of tartar
  • Tooth extraction, if needed
  • Root canal, if needed
  • Complete diagnostics, in the case of FGS and oral cancer
  • Biopsy, in the case of FGS and oral cancer
  • Dental cleaning
  • Antibiotics, if needed

FORLs are a common dental issue for cats, and the most common treatment is tooth extraction. Dental fractures can be treated by root canal as an alternative to extraction, unless FORLs are present. Our veterinarians use careful techniques to remove feline teeth and affected tissue.

FGS and feline oral cancer require extensive diagnostics and treatment. Our veterinarians will perform a physical exam, blood test, feline serology, extraction, biopsy, and more to ensure total treatment of your cat. However, a clinical cure for oral cancer may not be possible.

Northeast Animal Hospital wants to make certain that your cat receives compassionate care during times of oral distress. Our technicians can help you find answers and relief. Please call us to discuss how a Cat Wellness Plan can help you even more by reducing your pet’s medical and dental expenses.

What can I do for my cat’s dental health?

Brush your cat’s teeth daily. If you find it impossible to brush your cat’s teeth, consider an oral rinse, gel, spray, or water additive. These are no substitute for brushing, but they may help make a difference in your cat’s dental health.

Schedule a dental exam and cleaning annually. Schedule them bi-annually if you don’t brush your cat’s teeth at least weekly.

You may also wish to explore a selection of diets formulated to help care for your cat’s oral health. Please speak to one of our technicians to discover options.