Q: My cat is losing teeth. Help!
I know I should look in my cat’s mouth more often — and I promise to if you tell me: Why is my cat losing teeth?
Severe periodontal disease and a kind of “cavity” called odontoclastic resorptive lesions (or "neck lesions”) cause loss of your cat's teeth.
Lots of things can help cat keep all 30 of its teeth: Regular brushing (start early, before the cat gets ornery) can help. Feeding dry cat food helps, but it’s no magic bullet. Annual veterinary exams and cleaning, as needed, are probably the most effective. Your cat’s breath will be fresher, too, after a good cleaning — although it’s not cheap because of the anesthesia.
Your veterinarian will look for signs of periodontal disease in your cat’s gum, and take measures to head off tooth loss. And the vet will look for the pit-like (and painful) odontoclastic resorptive lesions. Sometimes pulling a tooth is the best solution.
The cat might not “thank” you for the dental exam, but he sure will feel better.
Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.
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