Chronic inflammation can cause severe pain for the cat. The cat may exhibit unusual behavior such as irritability, aggressiveness, depression, or hiding. Eating behaviors may also change, manifested in excessive drooling, difficulty in eating or not eating. A typical sign of stomatitis is the cat going up to the dish as though very hungry, and then running from the dish because eating is so painful.
Bacteria play a major role in the formation of plaque and if a cat's teeth are not cared for, plaque leads to sticky tartar and to more bacteria. Good nutrition and keeping teeth plaque-free through daily dental care is essential for cats that are prone to stomatitis. This would include brushing and applying a chlorhexidine solution such as Dental Cleanser or Dental Clens Pads.
Even if your cat is not prone to dental disease, regular dental care is important. It can keep bad breath at bay and make your cat's life much more comfortable.
Dental care is a frequently overlooked aspect in cat healthcare. In fact, dental diseases are the most common disorder affecting cats. Among dental diseases, Dental Resorption Lesions or Cervical Line Lesions (CLL) is the most common. Various studies have shown CLL in up to 66% of all cats. By providing proper dental care, you can help prevent many dental diseases while keeping your cat happy and pain-free.
What are Cervical Line Lesions?
Prevent CLL with regular dental care
Provide regular at-home cleanings to monitor dental health and prevent conditions such as CLL from going unnoticed. Aggressive treatments may be avoided if lesions are detected early. Use Dental Cleanser or Dental Clens Pads to make dental care easier. Cats with a history of CLL should have their teeth professionally cleaned every six months. Due to the potential difficulty involved in properly detecting CLL, consult your veterinarian to schedule a thorough oral examination.
Remember... an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.