A cat kind of dental disease

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 2nd, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

Dental disease is a serious problem for pets and many cats suffer from one of the most painful dental conditions of all.

Tooth resorption affects almost 75 percent of cats 5 years of age or older. The sensitive part of a tooth is covered with dentin, which comprises most of the tooth. In resorptive lesions, the dentin breaks down, weakening the tooth to the point that it can break off at the gumline. As a result, cats experience pain ranging from uncomfortable to unbearable.

Some affected cats stop eating altogether but most continue to chew on only one side. If the pain is too great, they might swallow kibble unchewed or eat only soft food.

The cause of tooth resorption remains a mystery and the only treatment is extraction. But dental exams and X-rays can pinpoint the problem so your cat doesn’t have to put up with the pain.