Pets unlike their owners frequently suffer from dental problems without showing any obvious outward signs of pain.
Studies show that 70% of cats over 3 years of age show signs of dental disease.
A healthy mouth is vital for good general health.
A typical healthy mouth has strong white teeth and healthy pink gums.
What are the signs of dental problems?
Yellow or Brown teeth.
Inflamed, red or sore gums.
Difficulty eating or loss of appetite.
Loss of teeth.
What causes Dental problems?
After each meal plaque and bacteria form on your catís teeth. If plaque bacteria are allowed to accumulate it can lead to inflammation of your catís gums called gingivitis.
Gradually minerals from saliva precipitate into the plaque to form tartar which is usually brown or yellow in colour.
Gingivitis is reversible with descaling and polishing.
However if left untreated the inflammation spreads below the gums leading to abscesses and tooth loss. This is called Periodontal Disease.
In the worst cases the bacteria enter the bloodstream damaging other organs in your catís body such as the heart and kidneys.
How can I protect my cat from dental disease?
If your cat has bad breath or any of the other signs of dental disease please come in and see us for a check up. Gingivitis and very early stages of periodontal disease are treatable with descaling and polishing.
Diet: we recommend that all cats are fed dry food. The crunching action when chewing prevents plaque and tartar build up. Try to avoid sweet or soft sticky foods. Dental chews help maintain your catís teeth and gums.
Dental hygiene products such as Logic Oral Hygiene gel contain enzymes which control the bacteria responsible for the development of plaque and tartar.
Please contact us if your cat has a problem with their teeth or gums to arrange a visit.