Nearly 100% of adult cats, 3 years of age or older, have some degree of dental disease. Poor oral health leads to secondary infections and has been associated with organ disease and general poor health. Here’s how to keep your cat’s teeth clean and him out of the dental chair for as long as possible.
What does Cat Dental Disease Look Like?
Not like what you would expect. Unlike humans who get blackened teeth and cavities, dental disease in cats presents itself as bad breath, tartar build up on teeth (yellowish, irregularly formed muck on and in between teeth), calculus (hardened tartar) and infected gums that look bright red where they meet the surface of the tooth. All of these signs are proof of an active infection in your cat’s mouth. As long as the bacteria are active in your cat’s mouth, they further compromise the teeth, gums and jaw bone and generally makes your cat feel ill.
Other Signs Of Potentially Serious Oral Health Problems
Cats that drop a lot of food out of their mouths while eating or eat less may be in pain due to dental disease. Drooling is also very unusual and should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Some cats have such badly abscessed teeth that pus will stain their muzzle. Cats with dental disease that receive dental cleanings behave like new pets. If you are concerned that your cat is suffering from any degree of dental disease, bring him or her in for a check up and we can make things better.