How to Take Care of Your Cat’s Teeth

by Dr. Fincher / Friday, 26 August 2011 / Published in Pet Health
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Seventy five percent of cats develop serious dental problems over the course of their lives.  Teeth and gum infections can cause pain, result in losing teeth and even damage to internal organs. These dental problems can be avoided through preventive oral hygiene techniques.

The most common of these is Periodontitis. When tartar starts to build up; the tissues around the tooth and its root become irritated. This cause bad breath and gingivitis – reddening and bleeding of the gums. Bleeding gums allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, and then circulate throughout the body and will eventually affect internal organs.

Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (FORLs) is another common condition in cats. This can cause the tooth to erode, exposing the pulp to infection or causing the tooth to break.

If you notice problems in your cats like bad breath, drooling, or difficulty eating, he / she should be examined right away. If your doctor sees signs of gingivitis or tartar accumulation during the exam, he will recommend a professional cleaning to prevent diseases. It is recommended that your cat is seen at Central Animal Hospital for regular physical and dental examinations at least twice a year.

Oral hygiene is important. Brush your cat’s teeth. It may be difficult at first, but your cat will gradually get used to it. Never use toothpaste designed for people the ingredients may irritate your cat’s mouth and cause an upset stomach. There are also treats, chews, and other dental product that you can use to clean your cat’s teeth.  It’s still advisable that you consult us before giving your cat any dental product. . Remember, if the dental problem is identified earlier, it will be a lot easier to be treated. Before it’s too late, ask us preventive measures.

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