bacterial population of a cat’s mouth is very high compared to other species.
For example, if a dog bites another dog, it usually causes a contusion or
laceration. In comparison, if a cat bites another cat, it can lead to an
infection that develops into an abscess.
With this in mind, when
cats develop Dental Tartar, Gingivitis or Food Allergies, the resulting
inflammation allows these same bacteria to cause infections in that cat's own
mouth. Further, these bacteria seep into the bloodstream, causing damage to the
Kidneys, Liver and Heart.
Cats also demonstrate a condition known as Tooth Resorption (TR), also
called Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (ORL's or FORL’s). This disease can
actually cause the tooth to dissolve and, as you can imagine, is painful to
cats. The exact trigger of this disease is still under investigation.Please
note, Cat Care Clinic has recently added the latest in Digital Dental X-ray
technology, which allows us to detect dental root and crown issues and treat
accordingly. We can find and remove tooth roots that have resulted from past
crown fractures or dental work done elsewhere.
We have included some images to illustrate some of the more common pathologies.
Feline Dental Disease will present with one or more of the symptoms or findings listed below.
• Excessive salivation
• Halitosis (Bad Breath)
• Inflamed Gums (Redness along the gum line)
• Dental Tartar (Presents as a brown, mineral deposit most commonly seen on the larger teeth such as Pre-Molars and Molars. They are located on the sides of the mouth)
• Tooth Resorption or Fracture
• Missing teeth
• Pain Response when gently pressing on the gums
• Dropping Food from mouth
• Reduction or Cessation of Eating
• Tissue Proliferation caused by inflammation or Neoplasia
• Loss of Bone Density
• Lethargy and Dehydration
Many other symptoms may be present should other organs be involved.
Remember, Cat Care Clinic is here to help. Our staff will show you how to check for Feline Dental Disease in between visits and also advise you on the best time for scheduling your cat's dental cleaning. We will tell you what is involved and what you will need to do to help with your cat's oral health.
Please contact us should you need further information.