Common Dental Issues In Cats
Did you know that dental disease affects 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over three years old? If left untreated, your beloved cat could suffer from gingivitis, inflammation and tooth loss. The result of bad dental health is serious, but the thing is; dental diseases in cats are completely preventable by following a few simple tips:
- Ensure your cat has a good nutritional foundation
- Establish teeth cleaning routine when your cat is still young
- Schedule semi-annual exams for your cat
- Watch for signs of possible dental issues such as bad breath
- Tell your vet during the check-up about any behaviours you’ve noticed, or concerns you have
- Early prevention is extremely important to avoiding or treating serious dental issues
Gum disease detection in cats is extremely difficult, because cats don’t express themselves when they are in pain, they just carry on with life. However, there are steps you can take to ensure their dental health. Let’s take a look at the three most common types of gum disease in cats:
- Tooth Resorption in Cats
Believe it or not, but cats do get cavities called tooth resorption, where the problem starts from the root and then travels upwards into the tooth. The good news is that you might be able to diagnose this problem by gently going over their gum line with a cotton swab.If your fur kitty winces, there is a high possibility your cat has tooth resorption.
- Stomatitis in Cats
There is very little known about this disease, which makes cats allergic to their own teeth. Your cat basically develops a hypersensitivity to their own plaque and no matter how much you brush, plaque will always be there. This disease is diagnosed by vets by a red inflammation on the gum line which is then treated with steroids and antibiotics.If the disease has spread and the standard treatment isn’t working, your vet will opt for a full mouth extraction. This isn’t as serious as it sounds, seeing as cats are able to eat perfectly well without teeth.
- Periodontal Disease in Cats
This is all about preventing the build-up of plaque, tartar and stopping bacteria from forming in your cat’s mouth by using a few extra tools alongside brushing:
- Using chlorhexidine and sodium metaphosphate wipes
- Adding water supplements to your cat’s water. This has been found to be a very effective way of reducing plaque in cats’ mouths, sometimes increasing their dental healthby 85%.
- Whatever product you choose, be sure to ask your vet in advance if the product will be effective and whether it’s safe for your pet.
If you can keep your cats’ teeth clean, you can potentially extend their lives by another three to five years, giving you more time with your four-legged friend and avoiding expensive vet bills.
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