According to Dr. Hanen Abdel Rahman, gingivitis is quite common in cats, occurring in more than 85 percent of cats 3 or 5 years or older. The good news about the earliest phase of periodontal disease is that it’s reversible with proper care. There are a variety of home remedies you can use to keep your cat’s teeth and gums in good working order.
How is the disease diagnosed for Feline Gingivitis
in cats During the physical exam, which may need to be done under anesthesia, multiple lesions are often seen. The lesions can be on the gums, the roof of the mouth, back of the mouth, tongue, or lips. The area surrounding the back teeth is generally most affected.
What is the treatment for chronic gingivitis in cats/stomatitis?
If the chronic gingivitis/stomatitis is due to plaque intolerance, then it is essential to remove all plaque and keep it off. This is accomplished through:
- regular dental cleaning by your veterinarian, usually every six months
- extraction of teeth in the affected area including the root tips
- daily home care including brushing if the cat tolerates it
- medications such as cyclosporine, antibiotics or others as prescribed by your veterinarian
- good nutrition, often accompanied by vitamin supplements
- Unfortunately, even with this intensive care.
Treat cat gingivitis at home
Brushing: Now that your cat is comfortable with the toothbrush, toothpaste, and you touching their mouth, we can start to work on brushing the teeth. When brushing your cats’ teeth, you only need to brush the outside of their teeth. Gently brush your cats’ teeth along the gum line for 15 to 30 seconds for each side.
Brushing your cat’s teeth might be the best natural remedy for her good dental health. According to Dr. kristina.karelina, baking soda, Ceylon cinnamon, coconut oil, and vitamin C are all effective brushing agents. Fragaria vesca does double-duty, also acting as a plaque-softener. It may take time and patience to get your cat used to having her teeth brushed. Begin by lightly massaging her gums with your fingers or a cotton swab. After she adapts to this attention, put a bit of your chosen toothpaste on her lips to get her used to the taste. Eventually, you can transition to the paste on a toothbrush made for cats for gentle tooth brushing.
Depending on the extent of your cat’s gingivitis, she may need to see the vet for a professional cleaning so she can start with a clean slate on her new dental regimen. If she has an abscessed tooth, difficulty eating, or mouth ulcers or cysts, she should visit her vet to ensure she does not become more sick and that there’s not a more serious illness causing her problems.