Cats Get Cavities?

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Q

So, cats get cavities?

A

Not exactly. Cats actually suffer from teeth lesions that are called resorptive.  Holes develop in the teeth along the gum line.  Up to 50% of all cats will develop these lesions by the time they are ten years old, and they aren’t pleasant.  Many cats that develop resorptive lesions will change their behavior due to the discomfort often avoiding harder, dry food and preferring canned.  They may also be less playful or spend more time isolated.  In more severe cases, drooling may be noted.

The cause of these lesions has no yet been clearly established.  There is no current treatment for the damaged teeth other than removal.  And care must be taken to monitor the remaining teeth in the future since more teeth will likely fail.

Affected teeth will often show a red dot at the base of the tooth where red gum tissue has filled the defect.  Your cat’s teeth should be checked at least annually at its veterinary examination to look for such problems developing.  Early prevention can save a lot of unnecessary pain.

If you have any questions concerning your cat’s wellbeing, give us a call at 330 650-2929.

Dr. Bob