You can take an active role in keeping your cat's teeth clean and healthy.
To check the teeth of your cat, lift her lips away from her gums and press a finger firmly on a spot over an upper tooth. When you take your finger carefully away, the white color of the finger imprint on the gum should return to pink. Open your cat's mouth to inspect all her teeth. Look for tartar build-up, which is yellow to dark brown in color and may eventually lead to loss of teeth.
Brush your cat's teeth on a regular basis with a specially designed pet toothbrush and toothpaste. It may take some patience to get your cat used to a brushing, but it's worth it. You can also give your cat snacks designed designed to help eliminate plaque and tartar buildup. And regular cleanings by your vet are essential to remove tartar buildup and ensure your cat's long-term dental health.