Resorptive tooth lesions can be painful in cats

Resorptive tooth lesions can be painful in cats

Resorptive tooth lesions can be painful in cats

February is dental month awareness in the veterinarian world.

Feline resorptive tooth lesions, also known as tooth resorption or cavities, are a common dental problem in cats. These lesions occur when the body’s own cells, called odontoclasts, break down the structure of the tooth, leading to the progressive erosion of the tooth’s hard tissues.

This condition can cause severe pain and discomfort for cats, and if left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and other oral health issues. Many cats become aggressive or shy because of undiagnosed pain.

The exact cause of feline resorptive tooth lesions is still not fully understood. However, several factors have been identified as potential contributors. These include genetics, hormonal imbalances, inflammation and certain nutritional factors. Cats with a history of dental disease or poor oral hygiene are also more prone to developing these lesions.

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