To resolve stomatitis, the right
treatment is full mouth extraction,
Dr. Bellows said. “After the teeth are
gone, the pain goes away, and miserable cats are happy again. They eat
fine without teeth, actually often
preferring dry food to moist.”
Periodontal disease: This is all
about prevention so not nearly as
much plaque, tartar, and accompa-
nying bacteria form. Dr. Bellows con-
ceded that while brushing cat teeth
is helpful, the reality is that most
guardians aren’t about to do that.
However, there are myriad products
that are easy to use. Here are a few:
• SANOS veterinary dental seal-
ant: This one-step application by
a veterinarian helps keep the sub-
gingival gum line of cats (and dogs)
clean. SANOS is applied after every
professional dental cleaning.
• Wipes: Dr. Bellows said to
choose a product with both chlorhexidine and sodium metaphosphate.
• Water supplement: Added to
your cat’s water, some water supplements are clinically proven to
reduce plaque by a remarkable 85
percent to 88 percent in cats.
While February is Pet Dental
Health Month, Dr. Knutson said,
“Cats don’t know that — and their
mouths can have problems any
time of the year.”
To learn more about food, treats,
and other products proven to sup-
port dental health, check out the
Veterinary Oral Health Council at
Contributing editor Steve
Dale is a certified animal
behavior consultant. He
is a national newspaper
columnist (Tribune Content
Agency); heard on WGN
Radio, Chicago; host of the nationally syn-
dicated Steve Dale’s Pet World; and author
of the e-book Good Cat, among others.
He’s a founder of the CATalyst Council
and serves on the boards of the Winn
Feline Foundation and Tree House Humane
Society, Chicago. Check out his blog at
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