Just like people, cats need to have proper tooth care. Not only does dental care help prevent tooth decay, but it can also help a feline stay free of diseases and ailments such as gingivitis. Once a week is generally all that is needed. This is also a good time to check for any broken or discolored teeth.
Cat Teeth Cleaning
The earlier tooth care is started with a cat, the easier it will be to get the feline into the routine. A cat’s teeth should be brushed once a week. The best kind of toothbrush to use is a soft, child’s toothbrush. Combine some salt and water together to make a cleaning solution.
Another person may be required to help keep the cat’s mouth open. Brushing a cat’s teeth is the best way to prevent tartar. Should it turn out that the family feline refuses to allow the brushing, then be sure to have the vet check the teeth once a year.
Cat Teeth Problems
There are several signs that could indicate a problem in a cat’s mouth. One of them is bad breath. Another is continuously pawing at the mouth. Some cats salivate when they have a problem while others have problems eating.
Cats in the wild don’t encounter the same kind of tooth problems that domesticated cats do because of dietary differences. Often the milk and cereal in cat food tend to build up and cause tarter. This can lead to inflammation and infection. Without proper treatment, this can lead to a loose tooth and extraction may be necessary.
It is not uncommon for a cat to suffer from gingivitis as many pet owners don’t follow a regular tooth care regime. There are different reasons that a cat’s gum may become swollen. As mentioned above, tarter can lead to inflammation. Other causes include vitamin B deficiency, kidney disease, and Leukemia.
The best way to try to prevent problems with a cat’s teeth is to keep them clean. Although many cats would be happy living on a diet of canned food, be sure to keep dry food out as well. If unable to properly take care of the cat’s teeth or if signs of tooth problems become apparent, be sure to seek veterinary care.