General information on Cavities
Cat cavities are caused by Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions or FORLís and are not common in cats. A cat that gets a cavity will not get it in the crown of the tooth as humans do, but at the base of the tooth along the gum line. The lesions that cause cavities typically start around the age of two in cats and will grow along the gums up into the teeth. These lesions attack the tooth and cause a painful hole that goes to the root of the tooth. Catís the have the feline leukemia virus or feline immunosuppressive virus are at a higher risk of getting FORLís, but ultimately the cause of getting FORLís is still unknown.
Symptoms of Cavities
The symptoms for a cat with cavities may be an eagerness to eat and then not eating, weight loss, tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums, lesions on the gums, and if left untreated the tooth may break off revealing the roots causing irritation and drainage.
Treatments for Cavities
The treatment for cavities in cats is typically to extract the affected tooth or teeth. Some veterinarians will, in order to slow the destruction of the tooth, use special fluoride leaching fillings on the catís tooth. In order to prevent cavities from happening to your cat, brushing your catís teeth daily with an unflavored, topical, fluoride gel does help to prevent FORLís from occurring.
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