You might not be expecting your cat’s veterinarian to tell you that your cat has issues with oral health, but it could very well happen. Dental disease in cats is among the most common health issues found.
Here are some ways to handle Dental Disease in Cats
1. Brush Your Cat’s Teeth
Does it sound a bit silly? Yes. Does it actually help? Yes! Brushing your cat’s teeth, even just with water, removes food and bacteria from the surface of the teeth, preventing the spread of decay. Bacteria also gets to the gums, causing painful infection and inflammation. As bacteria eats away at the area under the gums, tooth loss and abscesses frequently occur.
2. Talk To Your Cat’s Veterinarian About Extraction
Some cats are more prone to painful decay than others. Talk to the vet about anesthetic procedures that can remove troublesome teeth causing inflammation. In extreme cases, veterinarians will consider full mouth extractions.
3. Seek Regular Vaccinations
Experts believe that stomatitis, a severe dental disease, is linked to the feline leukemia virus or feline immunodeficiency virus. Vaccines may help prevent these conditions, in turn reducing the cat’s likelihood to experience stomatitis.
4. Look For Early Signs
Has your usually pleasant cat suddenly taken on a terribly vicious attitude? Do you notice a terrible odor coming from your cat’s mouth? What about swelling of the gums or a reluctance to eat crunchy foods? These are common signs of a cat in pain due to poor dental health.
Are you worried about your cat’s dental health? Contact us to learn more about your veterinary options.