Did you know that proper dental care greatly affects the overall health and lifespan on your cat? Infections and dangerous bacteria in the mouth can quickly spread throughout the body, causing illness, complications, and even death.
In understanding the importance of proper dental hygiene and care in felines, pet owners should be educated on the common conditions affecting cats, as well as how to identify these problems.
A mild form of periodontal disease, Gingivitis is generally used as a generic term to describe swelling of the gums, known as Gingiva. Infection caused by Gingivitis can quickly spread to the bone and tissues that support the teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gingivitis include unusually bad breath, drooling, red gums, inflamed gums, and bleeding gums.
Also known as Pulpitis, Endodontic Disease is the inflammation of the pulp of the tooth. If left untreated, Endodontic Disease may result in extreme inflammation, severe pain, and the death of the pulp.
Symptoms of Endodontic Disease include gray coloring of the tooth, inflammation, and a noticeable decrease in food intake.
Typically caused by advanced dental diseases and trauma to the tooth such as fracture, Tooth Abscess occurs when bacteria is introduced to the root of the tooth. If not properly treated, Tooth Abscess can lead to a dangerous spread of infection and a painful “drainage wound” in the face.
Symptoms of Tooth Abscess include facial swelling, nose bleeds, and a noticeable decrease in food intake.
While the exact cause remains unknown, Stomatitis is a very common oral disease in felines which causes chronic inflammation and ulceration in the soft tissues of the mouth. If left untreated and the condition is allowed to advance, extraction of all teeth is often necessary.
Symptoms of Stomatitis include a noticeable decrease in food intake, weight loss, unusually bad breath, excess of saliva, and bleeding gums.
It is important for pet owners to visually examine their cat’s mouth on a normal basis, as well as paying attention to eating habits, and visiting the veterinarian for regular check-ups.
If you suspect that your cat is suffering from any of these common dental conditions, it is recommended to seek help from a veterinarian immediately. When properly cared for during the early onset of symptoms, most dental problems affecting felines can be treated before any extreme and irreversible damage to the teeth and mouth has been made.