How do cats brush their teeth?

Dental care for cats - brushing your teeth differently.

Just like for us humans, daily dental care also plays an important role for cats.
Cat teeth also need regular care to prevent dental disease. As with humans, food debris on or between teeth can trigger an increase in bacteria, which in turn can lead to disease. After a summary of the most common tooth and throat diseases in cats, we have tips for you on how to best prevent them.

Bad breath in cats
Bad breath in cats can have several causes. In young cats around four to six months of age, changing teeth would be a possible reason for bad breath. During this time, the deciduous teeth are displaced by the permanent teeth. This can lead to inflammation of the gums, increased salivation, reluctance to eat and also bad breath. As soon as the change of teeth is complete, the problem of odor usually resolves itself.

Breath can also depend on the food chosen. Fish, for example, has a more intense bad breath than chicken. A balanced diet with compound feed can reduce feed-related bad breath.

Bad breath is very often caused by a Inflammation of the gums caused. If your cat refuses to eat in addition to bad breath, this can indicate an inflammation in the throat. Since this is usually associated with pain, you should definitely seek medical advice.

A common cause of bad breath is dental plaque. Check and brush your cat's teeth regularly. Tartar is also often cited as a cause of bad breath. You can recognize this by the hard plaque and severe discoloration of the teeth. In this case, please contact your vet - they can remove the tartar.
However, bad breath can also be a sign of other illnesses, such as liver or gallbladder problems or diabetes. If the bad breath persists for a long time, please ask your veterinarian for advice.

Inflammation of the gums in cats
Food residues on and between the teeth promote an increase in bacteria. The first sign of this can be bad breath. If the inflammation is not treated early enough, acids and plaque develop that attack the gums. There are also many reasons for gingivitis: Your cat may have chewed something and injured its gums in the process. Viral diseases such as cat flu can also cause inflammation. A fungal disease would be just as conceivable as a genetic disposition. If left untreated, inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis, can, in the worst case, lead to teeth failure. If there is acute inflammation, you should see your veterinarian. An X-ray of the cat's teeth can clarify whether the inflammation is limited to part of the gums or whether the roots of the teeth are also affected.

My cat has tartar
Cats can also have tartar. The sooner you recognize and treat it, the higher the chance that the cat's teeth will not be permanently damaged. How do you recognize tartar? This usually begins as a yellow-brown discoloration on the edge of the tooth. Sometimes the whole tooth is also affected. First of all, they are soft deposits that are relatively easy to remove. However, these can harden in a few days and then only be removed by your trusted veterinarian. A first, well-known, symptom of tartar is bad breath.

Indoor cats are more prone to tartar than outdoor cats. This is because house tigers often drink less and the mineral content in their saliva is higher. If only moist food is given, the cat is at greater risk of developing tartar. Compound feed, more frequent feeding of dry food and special dental care snacks - such as the Whiskas® DENTABITES– can help.

How to prevent dental disease
Brushing your teeth is a good prevention option. Daily toothbrushing not only helps us humans, cat teeth also need support to counteract the formation of tartar and plaque.

What is the best way to go about it? The easiest way to get a young cat used to the dental hygiene ritual is to use it. Start by gently stroking your cat's mouth. If this works without any problems, then carefully pass over your gums and teeth. Use as relaxed a moment as possible and praise your tiger extensively if it does not resist your treatment. If this exercise succeeds several times, then you can slowly bring special toothpaste for cats into play. First apply this to your finger and repeat the gentle stroke over the gums and teeth. Only now can you use a toothbrush for cats.

With the help of dry food, dental hygiene can be easily integrated into everyday life and your cat will taste it too. It contributes to the fact that less food remains in the interdental spaces and thus less tartar is created. The granular structure ensures a gentle abrasion effect and gentle cleaning of the teeth when chewing. In addition, saliva formation and thus “rinsing” of the teeth is promoted when biting. And for in between: Whiskas® DENTABITES - the delicious treats for strong teeth and healthy gums. Unlike many other treats, whiskas break® Thanks to its special texture, DENTABITES does not bite into it when the cat bites into it. Their mechanical cleaning effect is therefore more intensive. Natural active ingredients with an antibacterial effect have been shown to improve dental hygiene. Daily dental care becomes a purring pleasure.

Discover the dental care box now - available from your veterinarian!