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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