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Cats dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions we see in our office. The most common problem is gingivitis – an inflammation of the gums caused by the accumulation of plaque – which can develop into periodontal disease, and tooth resorption. These problems affect more than half of all cats over the age of three!
The Clinical Signs Of Cats Dental Disease
Most cats do not show signs of dental disease even though they are experiencing pain, which may be indicated by pawing at the mouth or shaking of the head. They may chew with obvious discomfort, drop food from their mouth, have difficulty swallowing or drool excessively. Their saliva may contain blood and they may have an unpleasant breath odor.
Dental disease and oral pain may account for your pet’s fussy appetite. Many cats will refuse dry food and only eat moist or canned foods. Some cats will have a diminished interest in food or may cautiously approach their food bowl and then show an unwillingness to eat. This may lead to weight loss, which can at times become quite noticeable.
What causes cats dental disease?
Gingivitis and periodontal disease are caused by your pet’s body’s immune response to the daily accumulation of plaque. It may be normal for some kittens and adult cats to have a slight degree of redness that appears as a thin line along the edge of the gum, without evidence of dental disease.
Tooth resorption is a progressive destruction of the tooth root resulting in slowly deepening holes in the affected teeth. Once sensitive parts of the tooth become exposed, these wounds become extremely painful and the only effective and humane treatment is to extract the tooth. While the cause of this disease is unknown, poor oral hygiene can play a role in the disease process.
What should I do if my pet shows signs of cats dental disease?
If your cat has evidence of tartar accumulation, gingivitis or is exhibiting any signs of mouth pain or discomfort, you should take him or her to your veterinarian for an examination. You will be advised of the most effective course of treatment, which may involve having your cat’s teeth examined, professionally cleaned and x-rayed under general anesthesia.
The rate of tartar accumulation is highly variable between cats, and in some cases, this may necessitate professional cleaning on a regular basis, usually every 6-12 months.
Though you may be tempted, do not try to remove tartar from the teeth yourself with any form of metallic instrument. Aside from potentially harming your cat’s mouth, you may damage the surface of the tooth by creating tiny scratches, which will provide areas for bacteria to collect and encourage faster plaque formation, which only makes the problem worse.
What can I do to prevent cats dental disease in my pet?
The best way to prevent dental disease is to reduce the rate at which plaque and tartar builds up on your pet’s teeth. Recent advances in pet nutrition have resulted in water additives, treats and diets that can reduce tartar accumulation. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC.org) only endorses products that have been shown to reduce the accumulation of plaque and/or tartar.
The most effective way to reduce plaque and tartar is to brush your pet’s teeth. A number of toothbrushes are specially designed for a cat’s mouth. Never use human toothpaste on cats – these are foaming products and contain ingredients that should not be swallowed as they could cause internal problems.
With gentleness, patience and perseverance it is possible to brush your pet’s teeth and provide the oral care needed to prevent cats dental disease. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cat’s dental health – don’t hesitate – call our office today to schedule a consultation!
People who want straighter teeth love the idea behind Invisalign, but most of them have one important question: Do braces work better than Invisalign on teeth? The truth is that one doesn’t necessarily work better than the other – they simply work in a different way. The key is to determine which solution works best for you. To help, today we’re sharing 5 questions to ask yourself when making your decision.
To understand the differences between metal braces and Invisalign on teeth, we first need to understand how the two treatments work.
Invisalign relies on transparent, retainer-like aligners to shift the teeth into place. The patient wears them for no less than 22 hours per day, changing them every two weeks to a new pair that will continue shifting their teeth. Typical treatment time is nine months to a year.
Metal braces use brackets that are bonded to the patient’s teeth and then connected by an arch wire, which applies pressure on the teeth. Every four weeks, the brackets are tightened and adjusted, which over time shifts the teeth into proper alignment.
Five Questions to Help You Decide: Braces or Invisalign on Teeth?
In many cases, Invisalign and braces are both feasible treatment options. But while the two treatments have the same task, there are blatant differences between them. The following five questions can help you understand the differences between the treatments, and decide which is best for you.
1. How serious is your case? In terms of which treatment is more effective, severity of the case is the number one determining factor. In general, Invisalign and metal braces can be equally as effectively. Most of these conditions include crooked or gapped teeth or an overbite, under bite or open bite. Some of the more serious cases that only metal braces can tackle include cross bites, malocclusions, extremely crooked teeth and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw.
2. Do you care if people know you’re wearing braces? One of our patients’ favorite things about Invisalign on teeth is its transparency; in fact, most people don’t even notice them until they are told. Metal braces, on the other hand, are rather bulky and definitely noticeable. For younger folks, this isn’t typically an issue; however, older kids and adults often hate the idea of everybody knowing they are wearing braces.
3. Are clean teeth important to you? A big challenge with metal braces is that they make it more difficult to clean your teeth. With wires running across your teeth, it’s practically impossible to floss and challenging for toothbrush bristles to reach certain areas. On the contrary, you can easily remove Invisalign for both these necessities, keeping your mouth healthy throughout the entire process.
4. How often do you want to visit the dentist or orthodontist? With Invisalign on teeth, you must have your trays renewed every two weeks, compared to four weeks for adjustments with metal braces. This can result in more frequent trips to the dentist.
5. Do you want to prevent stained teeth? Because Invisalign can be removed when eating food and cleaning teeth, it is easy to prevent gunk from accumulating on your teeth, which would otherwise create stains. Metal braces, on the other hand, have a tendency to trap food within their wires, which can cause staining.
If you need help deciding if braces or Invisalign on teeth are the right choice for you, call our office today to schedule a consultation and we’ll help!
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