10 Steps to Cat Dental Health
8. Chew on This
Chew toys can satisfy your cat’s natural desire to chomp, while
making her teeth strong. Gnawing on a chew toy can also help floss your cat’s
teeth, massage her gums and scrape away soft tartar.
9. Diet for Healthy Teeth
If your cat has dental troubles, ask your veterinarian to
recommend a kibble that keeps feline teeth healthy and helps to remove plaque
10. Know Your Mouth Disorders
If your cat suffers from any of the symptoms mentioned below,
please see the vet right away:
- Gingivitis: This inflammation of the gums is mainly seen in older
cats. It may start as a dark red line bordering on the teeth. If left
untreated, gums may become sore and ulceration may occur. May be a sign of
FIV or other infection.
- Periodontitis: If gingivitis invades the tooth socket, the tooth may
become loose and an abscess may form.
- Stomatitis: This inflammation of the mouth lining may result from a
foreign body in the mouth, a viral disease or dental problems. The cat will
have difficulty eating and the inside of the mouth will appear red.
- Rodent Ulcer: A slowly enlarging sore or swelling on the upper
- Salivary Cyst: If salivary glands or ducts that carry saliva to the
mouth become blocked, a cyst may form under the tongue.
- Mouth Ulcers: Ulcers on a cat’s tongue and gums are sometimes caused
by feline respiratory or kidney disease.