Dental, Teeth, Bite and Mouth
Articles about your cat's teeth, bite, mouth and dental issues
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- * Bad Breath In Cats
Bad breath is often more than just a simple nuisance. If your cat's breath smells abnormally strong or changes for the worse, it may spell the beginnings of a more serious health issue.
- * Brushing Your Cat's Teeth
Instructions on how to brush your cat's teeth including a photo essay.
- * Cleft Palate in a Newborn Kitten
The most common birth defect in cats is a cleft palate. There are some things you can do to reduce your chances of producing a kitten with this problem.
- * Clipping Teeth
Occasionally as a kitten grows, its jaw will go 'off' ... and its bite will be crooked. While this often corrects with time, the kitten's baby canine teeth can prevent or interfere with the re-alignment process. There is an answer to the problem - clipping the canines.
- * Degrees of Cleft Palate
Cleft palate is a birth defect that occurs in all breeds of cats. Sometimes it is a minor problem and sometimes it is severe. Photos of newborn kittens show you exactly what to look for.
- * Dental Disease
The majority of cats over five years of age have some form of dental disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to painful tooth abscesses and resorptive lesions. This article gives a general overview of the signs of dental disease and recommended treatments...
- * Drooling
There are a variety of reasons why your cat might begin to drool excessively - and some are very serious if left untreated. Learn how to tell if your cat's drooling is serious or not.
- * Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions
A cats doesn't develop cavities in same way that a person does... but when it does get a toothache, it's a bad one!
- * Gingivitis
Gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria, plaque and tartar, is a common dental disease in cats. Unless treated promptly, gingivitis can become a serious problem for your kitty.
- * Removing a Retained Baby Tooth
Occasionally a kitten's baby tooth may not fall out when the permanent tooth comes in. To avoid ruining your kitten's bite, you may need practice some feline dentistry.
- Warning: Viral Swab Testing
If your cat needs to have a culture done of its throat, some precautions are necessary.
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