Why Is Dental Care Important for My Cat?
Maybe you have never really thought about it before, but proper dental care is just as important for your cat’s health as your dental care is to your overall health.
Must Know Information:
Plaque is a biofilm or mass of bacteria that is constantly piling up on your cat’s teeth. You can feel the plaque yourself each morning when you wake up on your own teeth – that sticky film. Over time, the plaque hardens and becomes tartar or calculus, a hard brown material on the tooth’s surface.
Tartar and plaque contain bacteria. The bacteria invade the space under the gum line and causes destruction of the tissues that support the tooth. This can lead to periodontal disease, inflammation, or swelling of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth.
It is estimated that periodontal disease affects at least 70% of cats over 3 years of age. As periodontal disease progresses, it can result in bone loss and teeth that are mobile, both of which are painful.
Periodontal disease causes pain and is permanent once established, but it is preventable!
What Should I Do for My Cat’s dental hygiene?
We recommend a home-care routine combined with regular dental examinations, cleanings, and procedures with your vet. You can make a significant difference in your cat’s overall health and comfort with a home-care routine. The more you do at home, the less your vet will need to do.
Brush your cat’s teeth
Tooth brushing is the single most effective way to decrease plaque and tartar.
We brush our own teeth on a regular basis to keep them healthy. Regular brushing also improves the health of your cat’s teeth. Introduce a tooth brushing routine slowly. Use lots of patience, positive reinforcement, praise, and treats as needed.
Use a toothbrush that is comfortable for the small areas of your cat’s mouth and use toothpaste specifically for cats.
When you brush your cat’s teeth, you may catch the early signs of oral problems. You may also notice fractured teeth or teeth with tooth resorption, a painful dental disease that results in the loss of the tooth structure.
Ark Vetcare recommends you feed Hills Vet Essentials to your cat. This food is designed so as that there is Clinically proven “toothbrush-like” technology to help reduce plaque and tartar keeping teeth clean and fresh breath. We nickname the food the “edible toothbrush”.
Cause for Concern
If your cat seems to have painful teeth, tartar, gingivitis (red gums), or if you notice a foul odour coming from your cat’s mouth, call us or book an appointment online. This indicates that your cat’s teeth should be professionally cleaned before you begin at home-care routine. Discuss your cat’s teeth and oral health care with your vet at every visit.