It is possible that washing the teeth of a kitten is the single most successful way to minimize tooth enamel and improve long-term oral health. Washing, like people, would not only avoid the development of plaque and tartar; it would also encourage healthy gums and eliminate halitosis (bad breath). Wherever practicable, regular or even two times-daily washing is required, and this can be introduced to a kitten at any age. This must, however, be done slowly and with suitable affection.
In spite of any attempt made to avoid it, some kittens seem predisposed to developing dental illness. One factor influencing tooth and lip infection in these kittens is the chemical composition of saliva, as well as immune responses, bacterial presence, and infection with other agents. To assist these kittens, intensive house affection or, in extreme cases, multiple teeth extractions may be required.
Is it okay to use human toothpaste?
Oh, no. Ingredients that cannot be swallowed are found in human toothpaste. It can cause a disturbed stomach or intestinal problems if it is consumed. Some human toothpastes contain elevated sodium levels that can also make your pet sick.
In a kitten, dental house affection can be started at any age, but generally, the younger the kitten is, the easier it is for the kitten to adjust to the routine when the procedure is started. In particular, kittens usually do not take long to get used to washing, while older kittens may require a slower and more measured approach. The idea of washing your kitten’s teeth or washing them can sound odd and even pretty overwhelming. Though it would not be accepted by all kittens, many would, and it is an outstanding way to preserve oral and dental health. After the kitten has had its teeth washed and polished by your vet under an anesthetic, house dental treatment is also started.
In a kitten, dental house affection can be started at any age, but usually, the younger the kitten is, the easier it is for the kitten to adapt to the routine when the procedure is started. In particular, kittens typically do not take long to get used to washing, whereas older kittens may need a slower and more deliberate approach. The idea of washing your kitten’s teeth or washing them can sound odd and even pretty overwhelming. Though it would not be accepted by all kittens, many would, and it is an outstanding way to preserve oral and dental health. After the kitten has had its teeth washed and polished by your vet under an anesthetic, house dental treatment is also started.
In these cases, before beginning house treatment, it is generally best to allow a few days for the mouth to recover and for inflammation to calm down. If your kitten has had some teeth removed, this is particularly true. However, house affection should be initiated as soon as possible after this time. Whether it is a kitten or an elderly kitten, dental house affection should be done in the same manner. Establishing a regular schedule is beneficial, selecting a time that is convenient to ensure that washing is done every day. It is also useful for the kitten to have this routine.
How to wash your kitten’s teeth?
Develop your kitten’s trust for the first couple of days by putting a small amount of toothpaste on your finger and offering it to him/her. Some kittens would love the taste immediately, while others can be a little hesitant. If you are hesitant, try to put a small amount on your kitten’s nose. He/she would hopefully lick it off and usually remove it from your hand after they have had a taste of it. It is helpful to use the first few days to get acquainted with how you are going to handle the head of your kitten while washing. Try this when your kitten is asleep and at a different time than when you’re going to wash, to stop surprising your kitten.
Try this many times a day if possible, as when it comes to washing the teeth, you would be more assured. It is generally easier to see your kitten with its back against you rather than addressing him/her from the front. Not only is this less aggressive with the kitten, but they’ll usually step backwards towards you if the kitten wriggles, and you’ll have more control. As a firm yet gentle grip is needed, spread your hand wide, and put the palm of your hand on top of the head of your kitten and towards the back, and then use your thumb and second finger underneath the eyes to grasp around the cheekbone.
If your kitten tries to hinder you with its paws, ask someone to hold the front legs of your kitten or, if you are by yourself, it may be easier to wrap your kitten in a towel or blanket. If your kitten tries to hinder you with its feet, ask someone to hold the front legs of your kitten or, if you are alone, it may be easier to wrap your kitten in a towel or blanket. The method is the same; moving and beginning from the back in small circular motions. Start by washing each side for about ten seconds, but progressively raise the time on each side to 30-45 seconds.
There could be a mild amount of gum bleeding when you first start washing your teeth. This is normal and you would find that the bleeding would stop as the gums become better as you wash more often. If you find that your kitten is too fast for a couple of days at each point, then it takes as many days as you need for your kitten to adjust and feel relaxed with the treatment. The important thing is to see house affection as a friendly thing and not a battle between you and your pet. Sometimes it’s better to see someone on your kitten demonstrating dental house affection.
Most kittens would have some form of mild to severe dental infection by three years of age that needs a thorough oral exam and treatment conducted under general anesthesia. Ask your vet during their annual health appointment to send you the info on your kitten’s teeth. Proactive dental hygiene can minimize the risk of other medical problems (such as heart infection, sinus infections, and kidney infection) and can enable your kitten to live longer.