Dental disease is a very common occurrence among adult cats. Even though this condition is preventable, unfortunately, most pet owners do not recognize the signs until it’s too late. As bacteria in the mouth form plaque, it begins to stick to the surface of your cat’s teeth. The problem arises when plaque and tartar begin to build beneath the gum line.


As the buildup progresses, your cat will experience damage to the tissues around the teeth and even tooth loss. At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we want to help you protect your cat, so we’ve put together a few dental signs to keep an eye out for. Let’s take a look.


Foul Breath

If you find yourself turning your head away when your cat breaths or licks you, it may be time to visit the vet. Most often, your cat’s bad breath is the result of bacteria buildup in the mouth. This might be due to gum or dental disease, so you should have it checked out promptly to avoid progressive damage. Bacteria buildup forms plaque around your cat’s teeth, which then turns into tartar. Catching this problem early could save your cat from losing teeth.


Low Interest in Food

If your cat acts hungry but then refuses to eat or eats very little, it could be a sign of painful gums. As gingivitis progresses, it can cause enough pain to make chewing difficult. You may also notice that your cat has no problem drinking water or licking food. If this is the case, gum or tooth pain is likely the culprit. If you notice your cat’s gums are red or swollen, this is a sure sign of gum disease.


Excessive Drooling

If your cat is drooling more than usual or exhibits blood in the saliva, it’s time to visit the vet. Blood in the saliva is a sign of advanced oral disease, and you should have your cat treated promptly. This issue may be due to the following:


●        Severe tartar buildup on the teeth or under the gum line

●        Inflamed gums as a result of gingivitis

●        Oral inflammatory disease, or stomatitis

●        Dental abscesses


Depending on the diagnosis, your cat may need to undergo surgery to repair the issue. It is critical that you have your cat examined as excessive drooling may be a sign of a severe infection. If left untreated, it could result in a more widespread infection that may prove fatal.


Brown or Yellow Deposits Around the Teeth

If you gently spread the side of your cat’s mouth open, you can take a look at both the front and back teeth. If you notice yellow or brown material on or around the teeth, your cat has excessive plaque or tartar buildup. Both are indicative of gingivitis, so you’ll need to have your cat’s teeth professionally cleaned.


While you’re performing this examination, keep an eye out for black spots on the teeth as this indicates cavity development. You should also look for cracked or broken teeth and have them treated as well.


General Veterinary Care in Edina, Minnesota

If you suspect your cat has dental problems, Normandale Veterinary Hospital is here to serve you. We specialize in comprehensive veterinary care, including dental services and teeth cleaning. We strive to provide high-quality, compassionate care for your pet and have been doing so for over 45 years.


To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (952) 831-8272, or you can message us on our contact page.