Tooth problems in cats
From teething and tartar to tooth fractures, cats can experience a broad range of tooth problems.
From a veterinary perspective, even cats’ teeth should be cleaned from time to time. For cats which tend to get more of a build-up of tartar this can have a positive effect on their dental health. Unfortunately, very few cats will allow anyone to brush their teeth. As an owner, therefore, it’s advisable to start early so your cat gets used to having its teeth brushed.
Removing dental plaque
Dry food can have a mechanical effect, supporting teeth cleaning by removing dental plaque. Vitamin C also has an inhibitory effect on bacteria and, consequently, on the plaque which is formed. The mineral content in saliva, by contrast, cannot be influenced by the type of food given. If your cat is prone to tartar, you should have their teeth regularly cleaned by a vet using ultrasound to remove the plaque so that the teeth and gums stay healthy. Afterwards, the teeth surfaces are beautifully shiny and it is easier to keep them free from tartar build-up by means of regular care.
Kittens have no teeth when they are born. The first milk teeth come through after three to four weeks. After eight weeks the set of milk teeth, or primary dentition, is usually complete. The remaining teeth then begin to appear when the kitten is around three and a half months old. The changeover from milk teeth to adult teeth is known as secondary dentition and lasts a good two months.
During this time animals often eat slightly less and are generally more susceptible to illness. They can bleed slightly from the mouth and smell unpleasant. Although cats generally don’t experience significant problems during secondary dentition, you should keep a closer eye on their teeth.
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Kittens develop extremely quickly. This is why you need a special kitten food that provides them with optimum support in this sensitive growth phase.
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