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Pay Attention to Your Cat’s Teeth

Thursday, August 15, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy
It is important to pay attention to your cat’s mouth and symptoms of possible issues. has composed a list of things to watch out for when it comes to your cat’s teeth.
  • Bad breath
  • A lot of saliva
  • Bleeding gums or gums that are red and swollen
  • Receding gums
  • Plaque on his teeth (plaque is white and soft and able to be removed from his tooth)
  • Tartar on his teeth (this is where plaque has become harder and will need to be removed by your veterinarian)
  • A cracked tooth or teeth diminished
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Pawing at his mouth (this may point to pain in his mouth)

If you notice any of these signs and/or your cat loses a tooth, you will want to schedule an examination with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will conduct a physical examination, paying close attention to your cat’s mouth and teeth. Should there be plaque present, your veterinarian can clean your cat’s teeth to avoid problems in the future. If your veterinarian determines that there is an infection present, he may prescribe an antibiotic. Depending upon the examination, your veterinarian may consider radiography in order to see if any teeth need to be extracted. This may be necessary if the infection has spread so that your cat can avoid developing a generalized infection. Filings may be an option for teeth that have cracked. All dental treatments will be conducted under anesthesia. It is important for your cat to receive treatment as any bacteria involved in dental disease can make its way through his bloodstream and infect his heart, kidneys and liver.

Thanks to for providing this valuable information.

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