It is never too early to start thinking about dental care with your kitten. Getting into routines such as teeth brushing early is the best way to prevent problems in the future. Routinely looking into your kitten’s mouth will also allow you to see problems as they arise such as retained teeth or cracked teeth. Good oral hygiene not only greatly improves a cat's quality of life, but may also promote longevity.
Your kitten is going to start to lose his/her baby teeth at about 4 months old and he/she should have a whole new set of adult teeth at 6 months old.
The health of your kitten’s baby teeth has an impact on the adult teeth. So it is best to care for those teeth starting right away.
Daily teeth-brushing is the BEST way to remove plaque and slow the progress of tooth decay. There are adult diets, toys and water additives that can be helpful as well, but nothing beats the brush! We would be more than happy to help you make brushing your kitten's teeth a positive experience for you both - we can give you tips and help you get started if you are interested.
Also, be very careful with choosing appropriate chew-toys as injured baby teeth can affect the adult teeth. Once the adult teeth come in, they will look really bright and shiny, but they do not yet have a fully developed root. So, they are still quite fragile. Avoid aggressive chewing, rough pulling and tug-of-war games to protect your kitten’s baby and newly erupted adult teeth!
Examine your kitten's mouth routinely, if you are noticing anything abnormal, or have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.