Showing posts with label cat tooth resorption and stomatitis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cat tooth resorption and stomatitis. Show all posts
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Feline Tooth Resorption: Natural Remedies & Diet Changes Can Help

Feline tooth resorption, also known as Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (FORL), is a common and painful dental condition affecting cats. This condition involves the gradual destruction and resorption of tooth structure, particularly targeting the enamel and dentin. All that may remain of the original tooth is a raised bump. The exact cause of feline tooth resorption remains unclear, with factors such as genetics, environment, and immune system involvement playing key roles. One connection that has emerged in recent veterinary research is the association between feline tooth resorption and autoimmune conditions, particularly stomatitis. Stomatitis is a chronic and painful inflammation of the oral mucosa, and studies have shown that cats suffering from stomatitis are more prone to developing tooth resorption lesions. The mouth is the first part of the digestive process. Oral disease is usually accompanied by digestive issues. Research suggests that the gut microbiome (the colony of good and bad organisms residing in your cat's intestinal tract) plays a vital role in influencing your cat's overall immune system. Imbalances in the gut microbiome may contribute to inflammatory responses, impacting various areas of the body, including the oral cavity. Having a healthy mouth starts with eating a healthy diet and maintaining a normal balance of flora. Bacteria in the mouth can build up when the pet’s immune system is weakened due to poor digestion.

Maintaining a healthy gut microbiome through the use of probiotics can potentially modulate the immune system and reduce inflammation, benefiting oral health. Probiotics, consisting of beneficial bacteria, and enzymes, which aid in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, have gained attention as potential supplements to support feline oral health. While direct evidence linking probiotics and enzymes to the prevention or treatment of tooth resorption is limited, their role in promoting a balanced gut microbiome can contribute to overall well-being. By reducing inflammation and supporting the immune system, these supplements may indirectly influence the oral health of cats.

Along with Power Probiotic, digestive enzymes and homeopathic immune support drops can also help support your cat's digestive and oral health. Similary feeding a diet that is hypoallergenic and low in carbohydrates has helped many cat owners reduce inflammation in their cat's mouth. Cats are natural carnivores and yet most diets for cats are made for convenience with too many carbohydrates like legumes and grains. Consider incorporating at least some raw frozen food (e.g Instinct, Small Batch, Vital Essentials, Stella & Chewy’s, Primal, etc) into your cat’s diet. Raw diets are low in carbohydrates and rich in real, fresh nutrients. Common allergens like poultry and grains should be avoided. Feline tooth resorption is a complex and multifaceted dental condition that needs to treated by a veterinarian. Understanding the potential links between tooth resorption, autoimmune conditions like stomatitis, and the gut microbiome underscores the need for a holistic approach to feline health. Regular dental care, including professional cleanings and a tailored oral hygiene routine, remains crucial. Additionally, incorporating probiotics and enzymes, under veterinary guidance, may offer supplementary support in managing feline tooth resorption and promoting overall well-being in our kitties.