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Dental Cool: Cat Dental Care and Feline Fluoride

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Our Web Developer has a few cats. He also likes lasers but that's a discussion for another day. He forwarded me the below referenced article because he thought it would be good fodder for the Blogs and I, in turn, saw some definite 'Dental Cool' potential in it and agree to share it here.

The article is from and was written by Jo Singer.

"While I was reading Dr. Lauren Brickman?s article on animals? baby teeth published on Petside the other day, I got to thinking about the importance of cats? oral health and how it is often underestimated, and thereby overlooked. Fortunately, however, over the past few years pet owners are becoming more and more aware of how regular cat dental care contributes to their pet?s overall health.

And while several veterinary groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society set aside February as Pets Dental Health Month in order to remind pet owners how crucial robust pet oral health is, as far as this writer is concerned, every day should be devoted to maintaining healthy teeth and gums for our furry companions.

It has been estimated that by the age of 2- to 3-years old, about 80% of cats are affected by dental disease."

I have a few friends who brush their cat's teeth. Most have said that because they have done it so many times now, that their cat is used to it and doesn't put up much of a fight. On the other hand, some cat owners, myself included, simply are unable to brush our cat's teeth because trying to catch them is impossible; you should see the production that goes on when it's annual vet appointment time in my house!

After doing a little research (thats code for 'I Googled stuff'), I went out and I found several different types of feline fluoride that can be poured into the cat's water bowl so as he/she rehydrates throughout the day, they're also getting a small dose of fluoride to help ensure good oral health. As I said, there are different types of fluorides for cats (and dogs) out there at pet stores and all come with varying methods and measurements (for example, the brand we use requires a small cap-full of fluoride added to fresh water), but since we started giving our cat the fluoride, every vet appointment has resulted in a bill of good oral health.

Now, I must preface this by saying that fluoride in your cat's drinking water alone is not a end-all-solve-all for your cat's oral health; regular checkups and making sure to have dental cleanings (although over-priced), are very important steps that should be taken. And since I'm not a veterinarian, please ask your veterinarian first before choosing any course of oral care for your pet.

If you are among the growing number of pet owners who are becoming more and more aware of how regular cat dental care contributes to their pet's overall health, ask your vet about using a cat fluoride product in their drinking water.

For the original article, click here.

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