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Preventative Healthcare - Cat Dental Care

Cat Dental Care

Dental disease is one of the more common problems we see, and much of the dental work we perform could have been prevented by early attention to preventative healthcare.

What should I look out for?

Temporary teeth in young animals sometimes fail to fall out at 6-7 months of age, resulting in misalignment of the permanent teeth. They can also create pockets in the gum in which food accumulates, leading to gum infection. Temporary teeth can be removed (under anaesthesia)if they cause a problem.

  1. Abnormal jaw development - This can lead to irregular growth of teeth
  2. Gum disease - This is largely preventable with routine care. As with humans, the crux of good dental hygiene lies in the daily removal of plaque.
  3. Plaque - This is made up of bacteria and food debris and builds up on the teeth throughout the day.If the plaque is left it becomes hard tartar/calculus which damages the gum. The gum is then pushed back and exposes the roots of the teeth. Eventually the teeth come loose and can fall out or have to be removed. This process leads to infection of the surrounding gum and bone, causing pain, bad breath and problems eating.

Dental disease can be a source of bacteria and toxins which travel via the blood to other parts of the body, including heart and kidneys.

Cats can be reluctant to have their teeth brushed. Starting early in your kitten's life gives the best chance of getting him/her used to it.

We Recommend:

• Good quality dental diets such as Hills T/D

• CET fish flavoured toothpaste

Our Healthcare nurses would be happy to advise you on our routine dental hygiene plans.

Abbey Vets Key Points

Dental Care

• Very important to monitor young pets for abnormal development of teeth and jaw bones

• Brush daily to maintain good oral health

• Start brushing as early as possible to get a kitten used to the procedure

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Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.