Cats are meticulous self-groomers, cleaning every patch from whisker to tail, but their dental health requires a human hand. Yet cats don’t appreciate curious fingers exploring their canines and gums. Getting them to open wide and say “Ahhh” takes not only practice and planning, but knowledge of what’s happening in feline mouths. Like their human companions, cats can suffer from bad breath, gum disease, tartar and plaque buildup, and discolored or abscessed teeth. Cats can also benefit greatly from preventive oral hygiene to keep gums pink and teeth pearly.
Dental conditions are among the most prevalent issues veterinarians find when treating cats. Gingivitis (gum inflammation) is the mildest form of periodontal (or gum) disease, and it’s also the most common oral problem. Gingivitis begins when plaque, a sticky, bacterial film, mingles with saliva and food particles and stays on teeth. It can harden into tartar, a yellowish-brownish crust. If severe, tartar has to be removed by your vet through a scraping process called descaling.
The buildup of tartar collects along and under the gum line. If the tartar is left untreated, toxins released by bacteria irritate the gums and can cause the teeth to separate from the gums. Inflammation and infection can spread throughout the gums, ligaments and bones supporting the cat’s teeth, resulting in tooth loss.
Just as you brush and floss between trips to the dentist, your cat can avoid painful diseases with regular oral care. A daily — or at least twice weekly — cat teeth cleaning at home will keep his teeth and gums sound. It will also make you familiar with any changes in your cat’s mouth. Foul feline breath can be an early sign of dental distress. Excessive licking, drooling or difficulty chewing are other indicators of a cat’s oral discomfort. If you see red or bleeding gums, lesions, or discolored teeth, make an immediate appointment for your vet to examine the cat’s mouth.ORAL HEALTH for Cats is a convenient and inexpensive way to support your cat’s periodontal health. It is recommended to help control plaque formation and support gum health. ORAL HEALTH supports cleaner teeth and fresher breath. It’s formulated with Zinc Ascorbate, Taurine, direct-fed microbials (Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus), Natural Zeolites, Yucca Schidigera Extract and Cranberry Powder.
Directions For Use: Give 1 teaspoon per meal.
ORAL HEALTH for Cats is formulated specifically to be used between veterinarian dental cleanings to support cleaner teeth and fresher breath.