Did you know that dental disease is the #1 condition affecting cats? 70% of cats have developed some form of dental disease by the time they are 3 years old. I don’t want to scare you, but periodontal disease affects up to 80% of ALL adult cats. Gum disease affects 70% of all cats. Tooth resorption affects up to 60% of all cats, and over 70% of cats over the age of five. These statistics are appalling, made even worse by the fact that our cats can’t talk, and thus suffer until it’s too late.
Tooth resorption – also known as feline odontoclastic resorptive lesion (FORL) – is a dental disease characterized by progressive erosion of dentin and tooth destruction. This is a common feline dental disease affecting between 20 and 60% of all cats. Here is what you, as a cat parent, need to know about this commonly underdiagnosed dental health concern.
Pet dental care starts at home. In this blog, you'll learn how to examine your cat’s teeth and gums, as well as the the signs to look for when it comes to the state of your cat’s mouth. By “flipping the lip” on a regular basis you will be able to detect and address issues before they progress, and help your kitty live pain-free.
Dental disease can be painful, expensive, and even life-threatening. Since cats don’t brush their teeth everyday like we do, many of them will develop dental disease as early as when they are just 3 years old!
At Basepaws, our mission is to advance pet health. Our focus is on feline genetics, however, we know that genes are just part of the picture. Our continued goal has been to collect diverse information on cats that goes beyond genetics (phenotype data). As we collect more data, this will help us refine and improve our understanding of the interp...