Do cats’ teeth fall out?

Cats’ deciduous teeth fall out. After the milk teeth have fallen out, a cat develops a new set of teeth, the permanent teeth. They are much more durable than the first set of teeth and will last your cats’ lifetime. Cats just like humans can lose their adult teeth, if not properly cleaned. Teeth are very important to cats thus the pet’s dental problems are among the most common concerns of cat owners. The falling out of the cat’s permanent teeth can either be a natural process or one that indicates the existence of an underlying health condition.

Certain factors predispose your cat teeth loss. Feline dental disease is one of them. It is the leading cause of teeth loss in cats. It occurs as tartar builds up in the cats teeth. Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. It is the mildest form of periodontal disease. The infection and inflammation spreads from the gums to the ligaments and bone that supports the teeth. If left untreated, loss of support causes the teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. Bad breath or halitosis is a key symptom. Refusal in eating, excessive drooling, and inflamed gums are also some of the signs of gingivitis. More drastically however, the bacteria from the gums may migrate to other vital body organs causing death. Age progression is also a factor that affects the cat’s loss of teeth. As the cat ages, their gums become loose. Gums are made to be tight structures that hold both the root and the other tooth structures firmly in place. But as age progression occurs, the gums become weaker, making them less effective to hold teeth and eventually causing the teeth to fall. They may also lose their teeth during play fights and bad fall.

Cats that lose their teeth are fine, even if they are left completely toothless. Cats that have lost their teeth are still able to stay healthy on a diet with soft foods. Once your cat loses a tooth, there is no way to replace it. Preventative care is of utmost importance. Brushing your cats’ teeth is the most effective way to prevent tooth loss. Brushing gets rid of the accumulated plaque before it causes damage. Make sure to use a tooth brush and toothpaste made especially for cats. Give your cat hard dry food to prevent plaque formation on your cats’ teeth. Kibble food can inhibit the build-up of plaque and tartar in your pets’ teeth. Chew treats and chew toys are also recommended to promote healthy dental hygiene. Massaging your cats’ gums with a soft cloth at least once a week also reduces your cats’ risk of acquiring gingivitis. Gingivitis can be prevented only by regular dental and oral check-up. Treatment of gingivitis depends on the severity of the case. Tartar removal may be done to your cat by a vet. If addressed immediately gingivitis is reversible, if it is left untreated it is irreversible. Special cat diet that reduces tartar and plaque build-up is also available.

Cats are expert in concealing discomfort and pain, and many pet owners may not notice that their cat has a problem. This is another reason why regular annual check-up with a veterinarian is needed. It is important to have your cat checked to see if there are any underlying issues that causes your cats teeth to fall out.

No doubt dental care is so significant to your cat, and his well-being is as to you. Your cat needs to be cared for, so look after it with regular tooth care and cleaning. With a little time and effort, your cats’ teeth will last a lifetime.