General information on Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums due to tartar buildup along the gum line forcing the gum away from the teeth. Gingivitis can affect the gums surrounding one tooth or it can be widely spread and affect the gums throughout the entire mouth. Gingivitis is the mildest form of the periodontal disease. Gum infections can also occur when a cat has feline panleukopenia, kidney and liver failure, immune and nutritional disorders, or feline viral respiratory disease complex. In gingivitis, should it remain untreated, the infection and inflammation spread to the ligaments and bone that support the teeth and cause that support to weaken and eventually the tooth will fall out.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
Some of the symptoms for gingivitis may be bad breath, drooling, a receding gum line, gums that bleed easily, swollen or red gums, difficulty eating, painful gums, and potentially the cat may stop grooming itself.
Treatments for Gingivitis
The first step to treat gingivitis in cats is to have the catís teeth professional cleaned, preferable by your veterinarian. The catís teeth should then be brushed on a daily basis to keep the gingivitis from coming back. There are special diets for cats with gingivitis that help reduce plaque and tartar buildup. The veterinarian may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, interferon, and other immune modulators. Should these medications not work, the only way to get rid of the gingivitis is to remove the teeth from the affected areas. If the gingivitis is caused by an underlying disease, in order to permanently get rid of the gingivitis that disease will need to be treated first.
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Gingivitis experience by - lina
I adopted a cat,kiko,he is a domistic short hair,friendly cat. He was gagging when he ate his dry food,then i tried giving him wet food. He loss appetite and was diagnose for gingivities and was on antibiotic for 3 yrs,finally i keep searching online about gingivities on cat and try the scalling on his teeth,and finally it was 3 rotten teeth and they have to pullout. He was back to be a happy playfull cat but just today he is back at the Vet- he is drooling and now its tonsillities inflamed. He is 10yrs old,hopefully he will be fine,will be check again in 7days....
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