Cats have one molar in each quadrant of the mouth. The maxillary molars form a grinding surface. The mandibular molars are called the carnassial teeth.
Permanent Teeth - Cat - Maxillary Teeth
Dental disease in cats is the same as it is in the people. However, the one difference is that cats can't take care of their own teeth. Dental disease (gum disease) is an infection resulting from build-up of soft dental plaque on the surfaces of the teeth around the gums. The bacteria in dental plaque irritates the gum tissue if plaque is allowed to accumulate, which often leads to infection in the bone surrounding the teeth. Hard dental tartar starts to form within a few days on a tooth surface that is not kept clean. Bad breath is the most common effect. However, that is only the beginning. The gums become irritated, leading to bleeding and pain. The roots may become so severely affected that teeth become loose and fall out. Bacteria surrounding the roots gain access to the blood stream potentially leading to severe damage of the kidney, heart, lungs and even death.
Dental Formulas for the Cat and Dog | Veterinary Team Brief
Give your cat Tartar Shield Cat Treats as a tasty treat or reward. To help keep teeth clean and reduce tartar formation, feed 10 to 15 pieces daily in addition to a normal diet. Each piece is one half calorie! Tartar Shield Cat Treats are a wholesome treat, fortified with essential vitamins and minerals in a tasty chicken flavor. 4.5 oz. Package.
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