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Improving Your Cat’s Dental Health

Your tabby cat Victor’s jaws are a force to be reckoned with. You’ve seen your husky feline shred his cat toys; and he occasionally nails you during daily playtime sessions. Although Victor frequently exercises his teeth, you’ve seen some debris trapped between his choppers. Since regular dental care helps to prevent feline dental disease, you’ve asked your vet Holt to give your cat a complete dental exam. Learn more about cats’ dental problems and solutions.

Periodontitis Runs Rampant

Victor can fall victim to periodontitis, the most often-encountered feline dental malady. Periodontitis begins when plaque, a soft mixture of food, saliva, and bacteria, launches an attack on your furry feline’s teeth and gums. Eventually, the plaque hardens into tartar, irritating Victor’s tooth and root tissues.

First, Victor will exhibit reddened gum tissues, or gingivitis. Next, you’ll see abscesses and infections around damaged teeth. Your poor cat might also experience bleeding, pain, tooth loss, and horrible breath. Now that Victor’s gum tissues have been compromised, bacteria can enter his bloodstream, with an open route to his heart and kidneys.

“Kitty Cavities” Complications

Victor’s powerful teeth can be attacked by feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, or FORLs. This clinical term refers to cavities on teeth sides near the gum lines. Once these “kitty cavities” erode Victor’s tooth, the tooth can fracture; or its pulp might become prone to infection. Your hapless cat can also suffer from severe gum inflammation.

Consistent Dental Exams

To diagnose Victor’s developing dental problems, your vet will examine your cat’s teeth during his regular checkups. If your normally ravenous feline seems to have trouble eating, exhibits nasty-smelling breath, or begins to drool, get him to the vet right away.

Cleaning and Polishing

During Victor’s exam, the vet might notice tartar buildup or gingivitis. If so, he’ll schedule a dental cleaning appointment for your toothy cat. While Victor snoozes under anesthesia, the vet will clean your cat’s tooth surfaces, even beneath gum lines. He’ll also carefully polish your cat’s choppers, making plaque accumulation difficult.

Home Dental Maintenance

To help prevent future dental disease, your vet Holt will likely instruct you to brush Victor’s teeth with cat-friendly toothpaste. Avoid human toothpaste, as it can irritate your cat’s mouth and stomach.

With consistent professional and home dental care, Victor’s mouth should feel and smell much better. If you’d like your cat to experience improved dental health, make your vet appointment today.

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