February 22, 2010

Cat Dental Problems

Filed under: cat dental problems,cat teeth and gums,dental problems for cats — Dr. Amber Reed @ 7:54 am

Somewhat surprisingly, many cat owners are unaware that dental diseases are as common (or more) in cats as humans. In order to maintain your cat’s teeth, a regular program of brushing and veterinary teeth cleaning as well as dietary restrictions is necessary. Proper dental care ensures the health of your cat’s teeth and gums and will prevent future dental problems.

Cat owners are usually very vigilant about health problems in their cats. We’re careful to take our beloved cats to the vet if their behavior changes or they exhibit signs of pain and we even take precautions to prevent future illnesses. However, we often overlook dental care and as a result 85 per cent of adult cats suffer from periodontal disease. A careful dental plan will not only save your cat’s teeth but can also be beneficial for other health processes as well. Bacteria from the mouth can spread to other organs through the blood causing infections in the lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver (which may result in feline liver disease).

Some of the dental problems that cats often face include periodontal disease, feline stomatitis, and malocclusion. These are all very painful conditions that can interfere with your cat’s ability to lead a happy, healthy life. A cat suffering from dental problems may not eat properly and this can have a domino effect on its overall health.

Surprisingly, pain when eating is one of the last symptoms to appear when your cat has a dental problem. Halitosis, or bad breath, may also indicate dental problems but it can be extremely difficult to diagnoses dental disease yourself. The best treatment here is prevention. Instead of waiting for dental problems to present, take care of your cat’s teeth by brushing regularly. Also, conduct at home examinations of your cat’s teeth and feed your cat a balanced diet. Through vigilance you can protect your cat from the pain associated with dental problems.

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