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Gingivitis occurs in the teeth due to an accumulation of plaque. A plaque is nothing but food and bacteria that remains stuck in the lower part of the teeth. When plaque hardens, it becomes yellow in color and forms a substance known as tartar. It is present along the gumline and is an indication of bad oral hygiene.
Cats suffer from gingivitis but most owners are unaware of this fact because either they don’t know what gingivitis is or their cats never show any symptom. Cats are very good at hiding their pain and discomfort but vets know when cats are suffering from a problem.
Gingivitis is reversible and below are some solutions that are effective and easy to follow.
- Natural Supplements There are many natural ingredients available that can help reduce inflammation and remove microbes from the gums. If your cats are not too fussy about different food items, try applying a small amount of calendula with a cotton swab on the gumline. Other natural ingredients like Echinacea and grapefruit seed extract are excellent protection against bacteria, fungi and microbes.
- Healthy Diet A good way to decrease gingivitis and reduce inflammation in the gum region is through a healthy diet. Apart from cat food, you can also try giving your cat foods that you consume like apples, carrots, celery, bits of fruit, melons, berries and other foods that clean the teeth and remove bacteria.
- Brushing One way to maintain proper oral hygiene is through brushing and it is also true for cats. For brushing you can use agents like baking soda, cinnamon, coconut oil and vitamin C based product. Since your cat is not used to brushing, it might take a while but a daily practice will finally get you there. Use a cotton swab or use your fingers to gently massage the gum area with the brushing agents and allow it to sit for some time. Additionally, you can use your favorite toothpaste to get an additional flavor.
- Going to the vet Finally, taking your cat to the dentist is the best possible option. Gingivitis level in your cat may not be alarmingly high but it’s still better to take your cat to a vet rather than sit and wait till things get worse.
Gingivitis occurs from plaques in the teeth and results in the reddening and inflammation of the gum region. It occurs in both humans and cats. However, unlike humans, the disease often goes unnoticed. Gingivitis is reversible and following natural home-made remedies, it can be completely removed. It’s better to consult a vet and take proper advice because often times even you won’t realize if things become serious.