Cats Teeth and How To Care For Them

Cats Teeth and How To Care For Them

How To Care For Your Cat’s Teeth for a more healthy life

It is thought that a large proportion of pets are in need of dental care without their owners realizing it. The mouth can show signs of many diseases and that’s why vets will check the mouth and gums as part of their routine. Look after your cats teeth.

A lot of dental disease is completely preventable. Regular toothbrushing is ideal, but diet can play a big role in keeping your cat’s teeth and gums in good order. Statistically, pets fed a dry food are less prone to dental disease than those fed on a wet food, and a number of dry foods are specifically designed to help with dental care.

Be aware of the signs of dental disease

Pain is of course a sign that something is wrong. However, cats don’t tend to show obvious signs that they are in pain and it is said to be particularly difficult to diagnose dental pain. The nerve supply to cats’ teeth is just as efficient as our own so there is no reason to suppose that they do not feel the same level of pain that we do with dental problems.

Brushing your cat’s teeth

Buy some pet toothpaste, never the human stuff, and a small cat finger brush or toothbrush. The latter has small rounded bristles that can help clean plaque and early stage calculus from the tooth and the gums.

First get your cat used to the toothpaste by putting a little onto his lips or gums. Then put a little paste onto a brush and move in a very gentle circular movement on the side of the teeth.

Do a little each day for a short time to allow your cat to get used to the sensation. Gradually increase the length of time you spend doing it — and the effectiveness of the cleaning — over a period of weeks. Don’t rush or do too much as it’ll put your cat off.
Here are some clues that your cat may be experiencing dental pain:

Here are some clues that your cat may be experiencing dental pain:

Doesnt want to play as usual
problems with eating or chewing
Clawing at the mouth
Pain on examination.
Signs of dental disease are:

Calculus/tartar build-up
Redness
Bad breath
Bleeding
Loose teeth
Pus discharge
Swelling
Salivation
Fur stainage.

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