Bad breath, tartar, gingivitis … Unpleasant for both you and your cat. To avoid them and thus delay a future descaling, maintenance of your cat's mouth is essential! Constraints ? So little when you think about the well-being of your cat, its health but also your comfort!
Why maintain my cat's mouth?
Even if the phenomenon is less marked in cats than in dogs, cats also have a natural predisposition to make dental plaque and tartar which deposit on the tooth enamel and creep between the tooth and the gum. .
This phenomenon, which is called “periodontal disease”, causes bad breath., loose teeth and infections like gingivitis. Some cats can lose almost all of their teeth if their mouth is not maintained regularly.
The odors associated with tartar and infection are not pleasant for the cat or for those around him. Dental problems are always accompanied by pain, even if the cat does not express them.
As with humans, oral health requires regular brushing of teeth. You must get your cat used to it from an early age. Brushing should be done vertically on all teeth, with a descaling paste for cats and a very soft brush or a finger pad at least twice a week. Rinsing is not necessary. When brushing is not possible, other products to fight dental problems can be used: chewable tablets or sprayers.
Discover a selection of products suitable for your cat's oral hygiene in the form of toothpaste, chewing strips, powder to mix with food or a solution to add to drinking water.
When should he have his teeth scaled?
When the amount of tartar is too large, dental care must be performed by a veterinarian. Descaling is carried out with an ultrasonic device identical to that used by dentists. This operation requiring absolute immobility of the cat for a long time is performed only under general anesthesia. It is also an opportunity, if necessary, to extract loose or decayed teeth, which are therefore painful, and possibly to practice stitches to help the gums heal.
There is no set age for dental care. It is necessary to regularly monitor and brush your teeth to delay the time for depositing tartar.
Can scaling cause teeth to fall out?
No: Descaling does not cause teeth to fall out. On the contrary, it constitutes a prevention against any dental problem. If teeth need to be removed after descaling, it is because the care was implemented too late!