Have you ever wondered how many teeth a cat has? When cats reach adulthood, they have 30 teeth, and taking care of all those teeth on their own isn’t easy. That’s why proper dental care for cat is so important to their overall health!
Today we’re sharing some ways to establish good dental hygiene, so you can save your cat from uncomfortable – and often expensive – surgery after suffering in silence.
#1: Don’t wait until it’s too late. Tooth decay and gum disease have been associated with heart, kidney and other serious chronic illnesses. Don’t wait until your cat shows signs of distress to have their teeth examined.
#2: Take them for an annual checkup. Proper dental care for cats includes a dental checkup each year. Just like people, cats can suffer from dental issues that, if left unchecked, can lead to more serious health problems.
#3: Follow the American Veterinary Dental Society Recommendations. The majority of cats suffer from a condition known as a Tooth Resorptive Lesion on at least one tooth at some point. The only way to deal with a TRL is to remove the affected tooth. Because of this the AVDS recommends dentistry be performed on any cat that has periodontal disease by 3 years old and yearly after 5 years old.
#4: Proper diet is important. A good diet is another important factor in teeth care for cats.
#5: Communicate with your vet. It’s important to let your veterinarian know if your cat has bad breath or is bleeding from the mouth. Cats should not have bad breath. If your cat has bad breath or you see him or her drool, it is time to see the vet.
#6: Be vigilant. That mild fishy scent known as “kitty breath” is considered to be normal, but if your cat has unpleasant breath, this is a strong indicator he’s having oral problems. If left untreated, your cat’s breath and health will get worse. Like people, when an animal has bad breath and is drooling, the cause is often related to gum disease and/or tooth decay.
Don’t neglect proper dental care for cats – call our office today to schedule an appointment for a cleaning to prevent any more serious problems from occurring!