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Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) in cats

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums and is usually due to a reaction to plaque, but can also be caused by, among other things, autoimmune disease, kidney disease or drug side effects. Here you can read more about symptoms and treatment of gingivitis.
Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) in cats

Symptoms of gingivitis

  • Inflamed red gums
  • The gums may begin to bleed spontaneously
  • Foul breath

Changes are usually first seen along the gum line, eventually covering the entire gum. In young cats, there is a juvenile form of gingivitis that usually occurs in connection with the eruption of the permanent teeth at 3-9 months of age. The cause is unknown, but it is believed to be an exaggerated reaction of the immune system against plaque.

Brush your cat's teeth regularly to avoid inflammation in the mouth.

How is gingivitis treated?

Treating gingivitis is of utmost importance because untreated gingivitis can cause tooth loss (periodontitis). Treatment of gingivitis consists of dental care and, if necessary, professional cleaning by a veterinarian. At the same time, the presence of tooth pockets is examined and the cat's teeth are often x-rayed.

Prevent with tooth brushing

Plaque is formed by substances in the saliva together with oral bacteria and can never be avoided. Therefore, a regular toothbrushing routine is the only way to prevent plaque and inflammation in the mouth.

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