Why regular feline dental check ups matter!
According to the cat charity International Cat Care, as many as 85% of cats who are 3 years old or more suffer from some form of dental disease, and as cats get older, dental disease is more common and can be more severe.
Plaque build up in the mouth leads to the formation of tartar which will go on to adversely affect teeth, gum condition and even tooth roots. There are lots of triggers for dental disease, from diet and tooth mis-alignment (over-cramming can cause food to become trapped between teeth) to a lack of a dental care routine at home, bacterial build up in the mouth, trauma and even a genetic predisposition to dental disease. Did you know that cats can suffer from a painful condition called feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLS), where ‘lesions’ or deep holes develop and expose the sensitive part of the tooth, and the only effective treatment is tooth removal?
Given that cats are great at hiding discomfort, it’s really important that they have regular dental check ups at the vets as it can be hard to spot issues at home. We recommend vet dental health checks at least every 12 months, and we carry these out as part of your cat’s annual booster visit.
If you do notice your cat is drooling, chewing only on one side of the mouth, rejecting dry food, taking longer to eat, is becoming more withdrawn or their breath smells consistently bad, these are all signs your cat needs to see a vet for a specific appointment to examine their mouth and teeth. We all know how painful tooth ache can be, so don’t delay! You can find out more about our dentistry service at The West Midlands Cat Clinic here, should your cat need to be admitted for treatment.
For more information about dental disease in cats, click here. Do get in touch on 01922 411755 if you’re at all worried about your cat’s dental health, or if you’d like to know more about ways to help your feline friend maintain a healthy mouth.