What’s The Deal With Cat Dental Health?

As a group, cats are so interesting to learn about that it can feel like you’re exploring a whole new world. After adoption (that is, when a cat decides to welcome you into his or her life), you might feel compelled to read all you can about your new four-legged friend. There’s always a great deal to study when it comes to responsible cat ownership, and cat dental health is at the top of the list.

Beyond the Basics

Once all the necessary elements are in place and underway, such as litter box training, age-appropriate nutrition, and spaying or neutering, your cat should be introduced to the idea of having his or her teeth brushed. Younger cats may take to this procedure far better than older felines, but don’t despair! Doing this as soon as possible will go a long way toward long-term cat dental health.

Startling Stats

It’s estimated that a majority of cats over the age of three have dental disease in one form or another. Plaque forms when saliva and food combine with the bacteria found on teeth. Eventually, plaque mineralizes and forms tartar. This, in turn, causes inflammation in the gums that surround and support the teeth, which may lead to bone loss, broken teeth, and advanced decay.

Ignoring Cat Dental Health?

Without a proactive approach, your cat’s overall health and longevity are compromised. Dental disease can cause:

Significant oral pain
Broken, loose, or missing teeth
Infection
Even worse, bacteria can seep out of the mouth and into your cat’s bloodstream, causing potential damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys.

The Smart Play

The best thing you can do to prevent pain and suffering is to stay ahead of the curve. First and foremost, we advise that owners of cats adhere to an annual dental exam as part of the usual wellness visit. Depending on the state of your cat’s oral health, this might include basic assessment of the teeth and gums, digital radiographs, or dental cleanings under anesthesia.

We offer the following cat dental health services:

Professional cleaning
Polishing
Extractions, if necessary
Minor oral surgeries
Understandably, cat owners sometimes hesitate about placing their cat under anesthesia for dental procedures. Before we proceed, we run tests to learn if a cat’s health can withstand going under and closely monitor vital signs throughout. It’s often a same-day service, and you can conveniently drop your cat off into our care for the day.

Cat Dental Health at Home

Tackling a daily dental health regimen may prove difficult at first, but if you can work your way up to a once daily routine, your cat will definitely benefit. We’re happy to help you find a cat-safe toothpaste and a small, soft toothbrush made just for small feline mouths. Likewise, we can assist you with certain dental treats and prescription oral health foods to meet your cat’s individual needs.

Far Reaching

If you have any questions about cat dental health or its far-reaching benefits, we encourage you to contact us. Our doctors and staff are always here for you and your cat!

Is Fluoride In Drinking Water Healthy For Kids?

Healthy Child recommends breastfeeding if possible for at least the first 12 months of life. However, while there are valid reasons a family might need to use formula, infants who drink formula are at greatest risk of a common side effect.

Parents have plenty of reasons to worry about safe drinking water these days. From lead and PFOA to perchlorate and atrazine, heavy metals and toxic chemicals in water systems harm health and the environment.

But municipal utilities have purposefully added another chemical to drinking water with the goal of making us healthier: fluoride.

Over the past 70 years, drinking fluoridated water has been shown to reduce tooth decay in both kids and adults, sparing discomfort and saving money for families and the American health care system alike. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named drinking water fluoridation to its list of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

About 75 percent of Americans, more than 210 million people, drink fluoridated water in their communities – but not without controversy. More Americans drink fluoridated water than the rest of the world combined. In Western Europe, only 3 percent of the population does, although food processors sometimes add fluoride to salt, which serves a similar purpose.

The primary health concern: dental enamel fluorosis; and the most vulnerable group: newborn babies who drink formula. About a quarter of infants born in the U.S. each year drink formula from birth. By the age of three months, 2.7 million American infants, two-thirds of their age group, drink some amount of formula.

Thanks to low cost and convenience, powder and liquid concentrate formulas are popular with parents and caregivers. But when these formulas are mixed with fluoridated water, babies up to six months old drink considerably more fluoride than other age groups. At three months, formula-fed babies may drink as much as 10 times the tap water that adults drink, based on their body weight.

This over-exposure can lead to dental fluorosis, which causes white lines, spots, staining or pitting to form on teeth and may weaken teeth as they emerge from the gums. Rates of dental fluorosis appear to be increasing. Some scientists have expressed concern that too much fluoride may affect other bones and neurodevelopment. The National Toxicology Program recently launched a new evaluation of the effects of fluoride on the brain and nervous system.

In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reduced its recommended level of fluoride, issued in 1962, from a maximum of 1.2 milligrams fluoride per liter of water to 0.7 milligrams per liter. The lower level aims to balance the benefits to teeth against the risk of dental fluorosis.

The National Toxicology Program, a division of the National Institutes of Health, is investigating evidence that fluoride exposures could disrupt hormones, cause cancer or alter children’s brain development. The NTP expects its investigation to wind up shortly and has initiated follow-up studies to assess the safety of low levels of fluoride in drinking water.

Although the American Dental Association used to recommend fluoride-free water for formula-fed babies, it backed off this warning when the HHS lowered its recommended fluoride limit. Officials at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now suggest that parents used some fluoride-free water when mixing baby formula.

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One thing to remember: gelatine is something that should be enjoyed in small portions, best served on a bed of ice, straight out of the refrigerator.

For step-by-step instructions, invest in the book Jelly Shot Test Kitchen: Jell-ing Classic Cocktails-One Drink at a Time, which reveals all the secrets of this fascinating art.

If you’d like to experiment with gelatine shapes and moulds, and you can’t find anything that satisfies your creative needs, well – why not make one yourself? How? Follow the easy instructions in this video, or else download this quick user’s manual by Gowanus Studio.