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Cat advice: looking after your pet's teeth

Problem teeth can cause your cat all kinds of health problems

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Most of us know the importance of good dental hygiene for ourselves, but often our cats don’t get quite as much attention. However, it is important to care for your pet’s teeth as problems can lead to a number of different health issues. Keep an eye out for bad teeth or infected gums, and always contact Vets4Pets if you have any concerns.

Regular checks

A regular dental check will help keep a range of everyday problems at bay including build-up of tartar and plaque, which can lead to harmful bacteria making a home in your cat’s mouth. If you notice that your cat has particularly smelly breath, these bacteria could already be thriving.

Gum disease

Build-up of tartar or plaque is one of the main causes of gum disease in cats. Gum disease is very common, but it can have very nasty results. Your cat’s gums become sore and infected leading to soreness and possible tooth loss, while bacteria can enter your pet’s bloodstream and possibly damage its internal organs.

Why it matters

The range of diseases that can result from poor hygiene in the mouth is quite surprising. If your cat’s mouth is sore and it is reluctant to eat, it can soon start losing weight. Once bacteria from the teeth and gums enter the blood, it can result in liver, kidney or heart disease and a reduced life expectancy.