Care for cats’ teeth

Dollars and Pets: Keeping those teeth clean

Most veterinarians agree that dental problems can be caused by other types of health problems and should not be ignored. Proper health checks with the vet and learning about dental problems before they get out of control. Additionally, there are many steps you can take as a pet owner to help your cat have healthy teeth and gums.

To help your cat’s teeth stay in tip-top shape, there are several things you can do. First, make sure your cat sees the vet, sick or not, once a year for a checkup. Your vet will be able to spot dental problems during annual exams. The vet will look for bad breath, cavities, and missing teeth. All this could indicate more serious problems.

Another way to help your cat have healthy teeth is to brush your cat’s teeth. Yes, there are special toothbrushes and toothpaste that will help your cat maintain the health of her teeth. Daily brushing is recommended, but for most cats, twice a week is sufficient. Most pet stores have cat toothbrushes and soft rubber brushes that fit on your finger. If your cat is hesitant, try to make only a small bite at first and then add more each day. If you have a cat, start brushing early to get used to the routine. Custom-made toothpastes are available. Most cats enjoy the taste and will consider brushing as a pleasure.

One of the products available to help keep your cat’s mouth healthy is the specially formulated rinse. These are useful for cats and older cats who are already suffering from dental problems. These specialty rinses come in the form of antiseptic gels, rinses, and scented sprays.

Just as dogs can benefit from chewing, so can cats benefit. There are many products available for cats to chew to help their teeth and gums. Some have a flavor of fish or poultry, which will appeal to most cats. The abrasive chewing tissue helps remove food, debris and plaque that can build up on your cat’s teeth.

Serious problems

Proper dental chews for catsis very important. It can be the cause of dental problems or it can cause other health problems including gum disease, stomatitis in cats, mouth resorption lesions and malocclusion. Most of these dental problems can be treated with proper medical care.

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