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Our feline friends have such tiny teeth when compared to those of dogs that many cat owners assume that cat dental care is unnecessary. While cats rarely get cavities, your cat can experience a build up in plaque and tarter which can result in gum disease.

As part of your cat's yearly checkup, the vet will thoroughly check your cat's dental health. There are a few things you can do to maintain great dental health for your pet.

1. Choose dental-friendly food

The type of food that a cat eats will have an effect on its dental health. You should always use dental-friendly food for your cat from when they are a kitten. Choose hard food and treats designed to promote good feline dental health.

2. Brushed their teeth.

Another good way to promote good dental health in your cat from an early age is to brush its teeth. Older cats may not be as well disposed to this as kittens so beginning this tooth care measure at an early age is important. A veterinarian can clean your cat's teeth similarly to a dental hygienist. In some cases, cats may need to be sedated.

3. Check your cat’s gums

As you play with your cat, check out the gums at the tooth line. If they appear red or irritated, your cat may have the beginning of gingivitis, or gum disease. This can be an increasingly serious condition that could cause infection or tooth loss in your cat. If you notice a change in their eating habits, such as chewing on one side of its mouth or showing signs of soreness when chewing, there may be something serious going on with your cats teeth and gums.