Gingivitis is a common dental problem that is seen as the earliest stage of periodontal disease. It is caused by plaque which grows on the cat’s teeth and, if it’s not removed, it begins to grow underneath the gums.
The most common causes of gingivitis are poor dental hygiene, a crowded mouth (too many teeth) and old age.
When grooming your cat, you must look for signs of gingivitis which include inflammation and swelling, bad breath, and pain and discomfort.
Whilst it isn’t an overly serious condition, it can lead to periodontal disease.
The best way to avoid and treat gingivitis is to ensure you keep your cat’s teeth and gums healthy by regularly brushing them. Once a day or twice a week should be enough. You my also need to consider changing their diet.