Dental Disease in Cats: What You Should Know

Dental disease and dental related complications affect approximately 85% of cats that are ages three and older. It is important to be mindful of your cat’s oral health as it plays a key role in their overall health. Healthy teeth for a healthier body!

Plaque and tartar are the primary causes of dental problems, as once these begin to form, cats become more susceptible to a host of problems such as periodontal disease. Plaque and tartar can be caused by diet, chemistry of the mouth and teeth, and even a lack of brushing. Yes, you can brush your cat’s teeth!

It is important to have your cat’s teeth examined at least once a year during their normal exam. If your cat has had problems with their teeth, more frequent exams are encouraged. Your vet will check for three of the main signs of dental disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and stomatitis. While gingivitis is the most common, it can be maintained with routine brushing and cleanings. If periodontitis sets in, tooth extractions usually occur as the gums become too inflamed and infected to house healthy teeth. Stomatitis is very severe and can be life-threatening as is causes inflammation in the entire oral cavity which can make eating and drinking difficult.

With routine brushings and dental check-ups, your cat’s oral health can be maintained and he or she will have many happy years with healthy teeth!