Tooth and Gum Conditions have become the most common medical problems that cats suffer from.
Healthy teeth and gums are essential for general good health, If teeth and gums are not regularly exercised, a deposit of plaque builds up on the surface of the tooth and lifts the gum margin away from the tooth. Diet and plaque formation are directly related, but viruses also play a role in feline mouth problems.
The modern cat's diet of minced, tinned food may have a detrimental effect on its teeth. Wild cats clean and polish their teeth as they cut through the skin and gristle of fresh carcasses, giving your cat "bones" will not have the same effect. Cats have a tendency to accumulate tartar or scale around the teeth. the tartar is soft at first and hardening later, this deposit has a high calcium content and is mainly due to the milk and cereal elements of a cat's diet. The main effect of the accumulation of tartar is on the gums, encouraging inflammation (gingivitis) and enabling germs to enter the tooth socket. Slowly, the infection creeps down the socket creating peridontal disease, As a result, the tooth may become loose, the nerve will die and extraction will be necessary.
Warning signs of advanced gum disease:
Preventing Dental Problems:
Toothache and a sore mouth can make it difficult for your cat to eat or groom itself, to prevent problems you should: