As many cat parents have told us this month, we know tooth brushing can be a very challenging exercise to do regularly with your cats. Some cats simply do not like their face being handled, let alone having a toothbrush with toothpaste put inside their mouth. If you’re lucky, your cat may be curious enough and let you brush some of their canines, but it is nearly impossible to get access to those molars at the back of their mouth for enough time to make a difference and remove the plaque buildup.
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!