Brush or brush your cat’s teeth for good dental hygiene.
According to a recent study, 70% of cats over the age of three have a dental condition or tooth pain. But often, cat owners are slow to realize a pathology exists.
How to brush or brush your cat’s teeth?
Stages of development of the periodontal disease.
The dental plaque is deposited on the cat’s teeth.
Composed of bacteria from food debris, it causes gingivitis (red and inflamed gums). At this stage, hygienic care is enough to stop pain or disorders.
The plate is mineralized, and tartar appears. Brushing further improves the situation.
When the epithelial junction is destroyed, the irreversible stage of periodontitis is reached. Treatment becomes surgical: scaling under general anesthesia.
How to take care of your cat’s teeth?
The first prevention is to inspect your cat’s mouth from a very young age and meticulously brush its teeth.
To be effective, brushing must be done regularly, and your cat must cooperate.
Another means of prevention is to choose food of adequate texture, neither too hard (to avoid injury) nor too soft (so as not to lose the benefit of chewing).
Finally, the diet should provide your cat with a balanced serving of calcium and magnesium, without excess vitamin D.
Oral health of cats: the role of nutrition.
Carnivorous par excellence, the cat has a formidable jaw. In the kitten, the dentition consists of 26 teeth. Increases to 30 teeth in adult cats. At six months, a cat already has its adult teeth.
There are cat kibbles specially designed to perform a mechanical action on the plate and thus delay the development of tartar.
For these kibbles, shape and texture count. In fact, the force of penetration of the tooth into the kibble optimizes the brushing effect.
Chewing stimulates the production of saliva, and saliva contains anti-infective agents.
Certain nutrients, like zinc, have antibacterial and healing properties.
Most cats, 0-3 years old, already have dental injuries.
Giving special kibbles as soon as weaning allows you to establish good habits in the kitten: it will be normal for him to “bite”, that is, brush his teeth. Of course, that doesn’t stop brushing regularly!