Unless you want to be visiting a pet clinic in San Jose every other week
when your cat gets older, you need to take good care of his or her teeth
starting from a young age. But you can still
take care of your cat’s teeth between professional exams at the vet by following the tips below.
Check Your Cat
’s Breath Regularly
Bad breath can be a sign of tooth problems in cats, just as it often can
be in humans. When your cat is being affectionate, try to get a whiff
of his or her breath. Although it will never smell fresh or particularly
pleasant, the odor should not be noxious. If your cat has particularly
pungent breath, especially if you can smell it from a few feet away, it
might be time to brush his or her teeth.
Brush Your Cat
’s Teeth Carefully
With practice, you can
get your cat used to having his or her teeth brushed. Get a tube of feline toothpaste from your veterinarian, apply with cotton
swabs, and use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean the teeth and gums.
You may have to get your cat used to this by doing it in stages: first
get him or her used to gentle mouth touching, then dabs of toothpaste
in the mouth, then gentle brushing.
Keep an Eye Out for Abnormalities
A healthy cat’s gums should be bright pink, and the teeth should
be white and firm. Swollen gums that are dark red or purple, loose teeth,
sores inside the mouth or on the tongue, and extra drooling can all be
signs of dental issues. These can range from fairly easy-to-treat gingivitis
to more serious conditions such as periodontitis.
If you think your cat may have a dental disease, call Lincoln Avenue Veterinary
Clinic at (888) 897-4353. Our veterinarians offer a complete range of
health care services for cats and dogs, including
dental exams, pet boarding, flea and tick treatment, and more.