Dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, an astounding 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3.
The inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease can lead to damage to other organs such as the heart, kidney and liver, and lead to other serious health problems. Dental disease can also be an indicator of immune system disorders.
The most important thing you need to know about dental health in cats: Cats rarely show symptoms of dental disease until it is in its advanced stages.
Thankfully, there is much you can do to keep your cat’s teeth healthy. I wrote a comprehensive article about all aspects of dental health a few years ago and have recently updated the information.