It can be difficult keeping your cats teeth clean, so dental problems can be common.

Research shows that at around the age of two, 70% of cats have some signs of dental disease.  Problems start with a buildup of sticky plaque that hardens to form tartar.  If the tartar is not removed it can develop and form gingivitis which is a painful condition of inflamed gums and may eventually develop into periodontal disease.

If periodontal disease sets in, the pet could lose teeth and be prone to infection that may affect other organs in the body.

Symptoms of dental problems:

  • Bad breath
  • Dribbling/Drooling
  • Sore mouth
  • Difficulty or reluctance while eating
  • Loose teeth or tooth loss
  • Pawing or rubbing the mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Yellow or brown tartar on the teeth
  • Inflamed (red) gums
  • Improving Dental conditions

It can be easy to keep your cats teeth and gums clean and healthy.  Ask your veterinarian about tooth scaling and polish to clean the teeth.  After that you could do one of the following to keep up the dental hygiene:

  • The easiest way is to feed special dry kibbles designed for teeth cleaning - this is usually a larger sized kibble that works like a toothbrush, so every time your cat eats it will clean the teeth. Speak to your vet about a recommended diet.  This is the easiest and most convenient way to keep up constant oral hygiene.
  • Brush your cats teeth at least twice a week, most owners find this method difficult.  Please note that only toothpaste specified for use in cats should be used - never use human toothpaste.
  • Dental treats - many treats are on the market today that promote dental health, the only problem is that they can be fattening or the cats may simply not enjoy them.
  • Oral Rinses - this is a new product in the market that is mixed into your cats water that prevents tartar from building, the problem with this product is that finicky cats may not like the taste.
  • Oral Wipes - some cats are shy when it comes to their mouths, so they may not appreciate you trying to stick a sheet of detal wipe into their mouth.
It is recommended not to feed your cat solely on a wet food diet as this can cause tooth problems due to the fact that there is no dry kibble to aid in keeping the teeth clean.


 
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