If untreated, periodontitis can cause pain and tooth loss. In this guide, we will explore some natural remedies for periodontitis in cats.

Periodontitis in Cats

Symptoms, Causes & Natural Remedies

Periodontitis is a common dental disease in cats that affects their gums and teeth. This disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which eventually leads to the destruction of the tissues that support the teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss in cats. In this guide, we will explore the symptoms, causes, and natural treatments of periodontitis in cats.

Symptoms of Periodontitis in Cats

The symptoms of periodontitis in cats can be subtle at first, but as the disease progresses, they become more apparent. The following are some of the most common symptoms of periodontitis in cats:

  • Bad Breath: One of the first symptoms of periodontitis in cats is bad breath. This is caused by the buildup of bacteria in the mouth.
  • Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums: As the disease progresses, the gums may become inflamed, red, or bleed when touched.
  • Tooth Loss: If left untreated, periodontitis can cause your cat to lose their teeth. This is because the disease destroys the tissues that support the teeth – and the teeth can literally rot out. 
  • Difficulty Eating: Cats with periodontitis may have difficulty eating or may avoid eating certain foods because of the pain in their mouth.
  • Pawing at the Mouth: Cats with periodontitis may paw at their mouth or face because of discomfort.
  • Dental Calculus: As periodontitis progresses, dental calculus or tartar may form on the teeth. This can lead to more severe dental problems.

Causes of Periodontitis in Cats

Periodontitis is caused by a buildup of bacteria and plaque on the teeth. The bacteria in the mouth produce acids that can damage the gums and teeth. Over time, this can lead to the destruction of the tissues that support the teeth, resulting in periodontitis.

There are several factors that can increase the risk of periodontitis in cats. These include:

  • Poor Dental Hygiene: Cats that do not receive regular dental care are at a higher risk of developing periodontitis.
  • Diet: Cats that consume a diet high in carbohydrates (dry food/kibble) or lack essential nutrients are at an increased risk of periodontitis.
  • Age: Older cats are more prone to periodontitis.
  • Genetics: Some breeds of cats may be more susceptible to periodontitis due to genetics.
  • Other Health Problems: Cats with other health problems such as diabetes, kidney disease, or immune system disorders may be at a higher risk of periodontitis.

Natural Treatments for Periodontitis in Cats

  1. Brushing teeth: Brushing your cat’s teeth regularly helps remove plaque and prevent periodontitis. Use this toothbrush, by Ryercat, and toothpaste specifically designed for cats.
  2. Diet: Feeding your cat a balanced, fresh food diet can help reduce the risk of periodontitis. Avoid feeding your cat high-carbohydrate foods like kibble.
  3. Supplements: Adding supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C to your cat’s diet can help improve gum health and reduce inflammation.
  4. Herbal Remedies: Some herbs such as parsley, calendula, and chamomile have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation and promote healing in the gums.
  5. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and can be used to help reduce the buildup of plaque on your cat’s teeth. Simply apply a small amount to your cat’s teeth and gums daily. If you can do this with a toothbrush, even better! 

Dr. Chris Bessent’s Periodontitis Protocol:

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Conclusion

Periodontitis is a common dental disease in cats that can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss if left untreated. Regular dental care, a fresh food diet, and natural remedies can help prevent and manage periodontitis in cats.

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