Dental disease in cats is very common, and it requires attention both at home and at their regular appointments. Your cat's teeth are necessary to help them stay healthy and comfortable, so it is important that you take their dental care seriously. Cats can suffer from tooth decay and gum disease just like humans, and it can seriously threaten their overall health. Keep reading to learn why dental cleaning for cats is so important.
Cats are masters of disguise, so we often don't notice when they've been behaving irregularly or if they are experiencing discomfort. A tooth abscess or infection can be incredibly painful for your cat, but they won't be able to show it. The most common dental issues in cats are periodontal disease and tooth resorption. Being proactive with your cat's dental care can help prevent the development of gum disease and dental decay. Ideally you should be brushing your cat's teeth daily and taking them in at least twice per year for cat dental cleanings. These steps can help to protect their teeth and prevent the spread of dental disease.
Most cats have already suffered from dental disease by the time they are about six years old. Dental disease occurs due to plaque and tartar building up on the surface of your cat's teeth. This allows bacteria to erode their enamel and endanger the dentin. Dentin is the yellow core of your cat's tooth, which is also found in our teeth. When the dentin becomes compromised, it threatens the whole tooth and surrounding gums. This can lead to serious infection that could be life-threatening if not treated properly. If the dentin becomes infected, the tooth will need to be removed. However, you can help to protect their teeth by following dental care guidelines provided to you by our team.
Tooth resorption, also called feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, is an extremely painful condition for your cat. This causes lesions to form around an infected tooth and gradually begin to break down the tooth itself all the way down to the root. This will likely lead to an extraction and treatment of the surrounding teeth. To avoid the development of these lesions, it is important that you regularly clean your cat's teeth at home and be sure to take regular visits to the vet for professional deep cleanings.
Gum disease is also a serious issue for cats because it can be seriously painful. This condition can cause inflammation of the gums and tenderness when eating or chewing. Gingivitis can threaten your cat's immune system and is known to be connected to other health issues, so preventing it is essential for your cat to live a healthy life.
Regular dental cleanings for cats are essential for them to live a healthy lifestyle. While we know it can be difficult to clean your cat's teeth everyday at home, you should still aim to clean their teeth often. We recommend you bring them in for a full cleaning about 2-3 times per year. It is always better to prevent a dental health issue from happening by taking great care of your cat's smile regularly. If you notice any irregularities with their teeth or gums, call either of our Tucson locations to schedule your next cat dental cleaning.