How To Take Good Care Of Your Cat’s Oral Hygiene

Oral and dental diseases are usually the result of plaque that builds up on the teeth and gums. Bad breath is the first sign that there is a problem with your cat’s oral hygiene.
How to take good care of your cat's oral hygiene

 

The diagnosis of dental disease in domestic cats is increasing. These are almost always painful and uncomfortable for your pet. This is why it is so important to take care of your cat’s oral hygiene.  It is the best way to prevent problems and maintain their health.

Oral hygiene is a fundamental part of overall health, no matter what species you are dealing with. Cats need oral care to ensure that their digestive functions function properly and to prevent too many microorganisms from growing.

Oral and dental diseases are usually the result of plaque that builds up on the teeth and gums. Bad breath is the first sign that your cat’s oral hygiene has deteriorated. Such problems almost always come from poor or non-existent oral hygiene. Daily brushing is the only way to get rid of plaque and to prevent tartar from accumulating.

It is worth repeating: the cat’s oral hygiene is incredibly important for its health.

Cats tend to get the food particles between their teeth and the gums that get stuck. These parts of the mouth are perfect for all bacteria to grow at an extremely fast rate.

Cat in front of food

This bacterium, in combination with the sugar molecules in their food, is the cause of plaque formation. Plaque is a small, colorless, sticky particle that adheres to the teeth and gums. This leads to a cycle where plaque becomes food for the bacteria. It produces toxins and acids that irritate the gums and remove tooth enamel.

If you do not get rid of the plaque quickly enough, it is combined with the minerals in the cat’s saliva and hardens. Tartar (also known as calculus), is the result when it hardens. Once the tartar has formed, the bacteria stick to the teeth and eat the tooth enamel, causing cavities.

Once the plaque has hardened into the tartar, a regular toothbrush will not suffice. At that time, you will need to take your cat to a veterinarian who specializes in your cat’s oral hygiene to perform an operation (with anesthesia). The type of surgery, how intense it is and how long it will take your cat to recover depends on how much tartar has built up.

We can not be more clear about how important it is to be preventive when it comes to your cat’s oral hygiene. There are simple ways to maintain your cat’s oral hygiene and prevent them from going through pain and complicated treatments.

An unbalanced diet can cause many health problems from bad breath to obesity, digestive problems and even diabetes. Choosing a balanced diet for your cat has a lot to do with its age and size. There is also commercial cat food for things like allergies, obesity and urinary, kidney or liver related problems.

your cat's diet

There are currently a couple of innovative liners that can stop plaque from forming by using a combination of mechanical abrasion and chemical substances. Even with these foods, you still need to brush your cat’s teeth daily.

Start when your cat is young

The same goes for humans: cats need to get used to having their teeth brushed every day. It is always best to start as soon as possible during the first weeks of their lives.

2. Use products for cats

Toothpaste for humans can damage your cat’s tooth enamel and poison them. There are toothpastes and brushes made for cats of all ages. Many toothpastes for animals have good flavors and smells like beef or chicken.

3. Make toothbrushing a positive experience

It is natural for your cat to become stressed and uncomfortable when you brush their teeth. Therefore, try to do your best to make toothbrushing a less intense experience. A good way is to distract to make it seem like a game. Start by touching his mouth and teeth. When he feels comfortable, you can use the toothbrush to brush his teeth gently.

4. Brush your teeth and gums gently

You should always brush thoroughly and thoroughly, cleaning both gums and teeth. You need to be especially careful with your cat’s gums to prevent bleeding. Make sure you brush every corner of his mouth. You must also remember to brush up and down as well as left and right. It can also be a good idea to add some small circulating movements.

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