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Although the phenomenon is less pronounced in cats than in dogs, cats have a natural predisposition to make dental plaque and tartar which are deposited on tooth enamel and creep between the tooth and the gum. This phenomenon leads to bad breath, loosening of teeth and infections such as gingivitis.
The odors associated with tartar and infection are not pleasant for the cat or those around him. Dental problems are always accompanied by pain, even if the cat does not express it.
How to maintain my cat’s mouth?
As with humans, oral health involves regular tooth brushing. You have to get used to them from an early age. Brushing must be done vertically on all teeth, with a descaling paste for cats and a very soft brush or a fingerstall at least twice a week. Rinsing is not necessary. When brushing is impossible, other products can be used to combat dental problems such as chewable tablets.
When should you have your teeth scaled?
When the amount of tartar is too important, dental care is to be performed by a veterinarian: the descaling is done with an ultrasonic device identical to that used by dentists. This operation requires general anesthesia. It is also the occasion, if necessary, to extract the loose or damaged teeth, thus painful. There is no definite age for dental practice. It is necessary to monitor and brush regularly to delay the tartar deposition.