|Wonder how hard it would be to talk Faraday into flossing...?|
If you've read my article over on Catster, then you know cats don't get cavities. That's not really a good thing, though. Because what they get instead is something much worse: a disease for which there is no cure, since we simply don't know what causes it. That disease is tooth resorption. You can read more about it here.
|"Open wide!" Girl, you're doing it right.|
There are a few myths that keep hanging on about dental diseases in our companion animals, and one of them is that it doesn't begin to develop until later in adult years.
Maxwell is living proof that's not true. At 9 months of age, he had his first dental...and lost 12 teeth. Twelve. You can read his story - and more on gingivitis/stomatitis at this link here.
Bottom line: it's never too early to begin good dental hygiene with out pets. And they can never be too young for dental disease to strike.
With aggressive dental treatments at home and at our vet, Maxwell has beaten the odds. They thought he would be toothless by age 5. He'll turn 5 in April.
|"Look ma! No cavities!" True, but what about TR? Keep brushing, dood.|
We don't know what we'd do without those adorable fangs of yours!
Talk to your vet soon about whether or not your pet should have his teeth cleaned. Many offer discounts during the month of February, in honor of Dental Health Month, so it's a win-win, both for your pocketbook and for your pet!