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What is Gum Disease?

The inflammation caused by the bacteria does more than cause the teeth and gums to separate. The related infection can cause damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys. The infection occurs when the bacteria flows through the blood and spreads throughout the body. It is vital to treat the gum disease before it leads to other health problems for your furry friend.

Periodontal disease is a gum disease that is common among cats. When plaque formed from saliva and bacteria inside the mouth is left untreated, it turns into a yellow layer known as tartar. The bacteria releases toxins below the gum line, that causes an inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis. The gums start to weaken and cannot support the teeth. If left untreated, this condition will cause a separation of the teeth and gums. The condition cannot be reversed once the teeth separate from the gums, and the separation results in loss of teeth.

Symptoms of Gum Disease in Cats

It is vital to contact your veterinarian the minute you notice any signs of gum disease so you can take your cat to the veterinarian before the problem becomes worse. Your cat may display the following symptoms in the early or late stages of gum disease:

  • Foul breath
  • Nasal discharge
  • Excessive drooling
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pawing at mouth
  • Swelling of face
  • Redness on gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Yellow on teeth
  • Pus near teeth
  • Loss of teeth


There are four stages of gum disease, and the cases range from mild to severe:

  • Stage 1: Shows the signs of gingivitis, such as tartar, swelling and red gums. The tooth and gum do not separate.
  • Stage 2: The gums are swollen and painful, and tooth crowns are becoming weak.
  • Stage 3: Plaque has accumulated under the gum line, and it is now affecting the tooth or teeth. The teeth and gums are starting to separate.
  • Stage 4: The tartar has accumulated and caused the gums to recede. The roots are exposed and the teeth must be extracted.

Causes of Gum Disease in Cats

The main cause of gum disease in cats is inadequate oral hygiene. Cats cannot brush and floss their own teeth to remove plaque and tartar. 

Food, bacteria, and saliva create plaque inside a cat’s mouth, which builds up under the gum line and turns into tartar. This condition eventually causes a separation of the teeth and gums. What starts as gingivitis can turn into severe periodontal disease if you do not take care of the teeth.

Diagnosis of Gum Disease in Cats

The symptoms of gum disease are a sign that you need to take your cat to the veterinarian. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose and evaluate the severity of the gum disease. 

Your veterinarian will give your cat an examination of the mouth to confirm the gum disease. The examination includes looking for clinical signs, such as bad breath, red or bleeding gums and accumulated tartar. 

Your cat will need to go under anesthesia so your veterinarian can determine the severity of the disease. The disease is usually found below the gum line, and your veterinarian needs to check this area without upsetting your cat. Your veterinarian will use a dental probe to check the attachment around each tooth. Expect your veterinarian to order dental x-rays to evaluate the bone loss, gum line and other dental problems.

Taking your cat to the veterinarian during the early stages of gum disease can save their teeth and gums from separation.

Treatment of Gum Disease in Cats

The treatment depends on the severity of the gum disease, and it can range from preventive care to extraction.

Treatment for Early Stages

You can prevent the disease from progressing if it is still in the early stages. The first step of preventive care is brushing the cat’s teeth with a toothpaste designed for cats. Your veterinarian will also order a prescription fluoride and professional cleaning for your furry friend.

Treatment for Stages Two and Three

It is necessary to clean the space between the teeth and gums when the disease hits the middle stages. It helps to remove the tartar and reverse the damage caused by the bacteria. Your veterinarian may also apply an antibiotic gel to help regenerate the tissues.

Treatment for Advanced Stages

It is difficult to reverse the damage once the disease reaches the advanced stage. However, procedures such as a deep cleaning, root canal and bone replacement may prevent further damage. There is a chance your cat will have to undergo surgery so your veterinarian can reach the gum line and roots. 

Tooth Extraction

Your cat may need to have the tooth extracted if it is loose, broken or dying. The extraction makes it possible to slow down or reverse the damage from the gum disease.

Recovery of Gum Disease in Cats

You should always schedule a follow-up appointment once the gum disease has been treated. Your veterinarian will make sure your pet is healing and the disease has not progressed.

You may need to switch to soft and wet food if any teeth were extracted. Your veterinarian may also prescribe an antibiotic while your cat is recovering.

Diagnosing and treating gum disease in the early stage is the best way to prevent it from progressing. Failure to treat the disease early can lead to discomfort, pain and missing teeth for your cat.

Gum Disease Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

house cat
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Red sores pale gums tartar
Red Sores

I’ve had this cat for about 3 years now. He was an indoor outdoor cat until I moved into my apartment. Don’t know his history he just started hanging around my house and I took him in. Unsure how old he is. He has big red sores around some of his teeth, especially around his back teeth and I’m not sure if it’s still treatable or if they need to be removed

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11 Years
Serious condition
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Medication Used


Indoor cat, male, around 11 years old.

Went in to vets with extreme drooling for a gingivitus diagnosis. Given pain medication and scheduled dental work. Same night cat has a small seizure (less than 1 minute, inc run in circles, few seconds of shakes / hyperventalating, then yowling, then fine). Vets do blood work and it came back with high liver enzymes. Given diazepan for if it gets worse, with idea to still go ahead with dental. Had a seizure last night, not long enough for tranquiliser. Today his mouth has swelled on one side enough that his teeth have cut through his lips. Seems fine in himself, still eating food (and stealing the other cats crunchy food), though is a little clingy.

Planning to sort out referal to have a MRI tomorrow when vets reopens.

Would like possible second opinion what it could be. Brain related, teeth, infection, etc?

Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You didn’t mention how high the liver enzymes are, if they are moderately elevated then anaesthesia shouldn’t be an issue but if they are very high then this should be managed before considering any anaesthesia; also it should be noted that liver function may have an effect on the brain which I am sure your Veterinarian has considered. For the high liver enzymes, speak with your Veterinarian about giving Denamarin (silybin and SAMe) which normally helps. There are various different causes for seizures which may include neurological conditions (obviously), liver disease, kidney disease, head trauma, poisoning among other causes; an MRI is expensive and may be unrewarding, discuss with your Veterinarian your options during your next visit to see what they feel is best based on Audi’s symptoms and general condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Female cat
4 Years
Mild condition
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black circle on her gum

My female cat, 4 yrs old, Coconut has a black spot on her gums inside her mouth on the outside part/next to side of mouth - (not the tongue side).

I adopted her from Larimer Humane Society, Loveland, CO in February 11, 2018.

Her background:
Larimer Humane Society received her into the clinic on January 26, 2018, on their report the vet exam noticed that she was drooling (but eating well) and had several small lesions/had an ulcer on her tongue. They suspected calici virus causing mouth lesions and foul odor was secondary bacterial infection. They used clavamox and meloxicam. After 3 days no drooling and was eating great. No developing URI signs.

When I adopted her, she was still slightly drooling, but they said that was OK, just left over from numbing her tongue with medicine left over from the ulcer treatment. They said she was fine to go ahead and adopt her.

I took her to Blue Sky Animal Clinic /Vet for a checkup on Feb. 15, 2018 and they said she was fine.

This morning, July 8, she was lying on her back as I was petting her, and slightly had her mouth open. To my horror, there is a circle of black on her gum under her side teeth.
She has been eating fine and drinking water fine, no difference in her sweet attitude, and doesn't seem sensitive to touch when I pet her, but what the heck is going on? Is this the recurring calici virus (that I have no idea what that means - please explain this to me) is this gingivitis?

Is taking her to the vet the only option? Or can I just get medicine for her?

I don't have much money to spare but I will call Blue Sky Animal Clinic on Monday morning and get an appointment for treatment.Can you give me an estimate of the cost involved of a vet exam and process of treatment?

Thank you immensely! I love her! I want her to be well!
Barbara Johns-Schleicher [email protected]

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Coconut it is difficult to confirm exactly what is occurring, it may be lentigo which is a flat, black, painless, nothing to worry about spot (a Veterinarian should check whether it is lentigo or not); however other issues like melanoma (among others) may also cause black spots but they tend to be raised and painful. Recurring calicivirus just means recurring flare ups of infection during the cats lifetime, whilst ulceration of the gums may occur with calicivirus it doesn’t cause black spots on gums. Blue Sky Animal Clinic doesn’t post their prices online and pricing does vary, but a typical consultation would run between $40-$90 in general for practices. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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American Shorthair
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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dried blood in gums

Hi my cat is 17 years old and she's not eating food, and she stopped drinking water has'nt drank that much today, has'nt gone poop since 12/31/17 and i think she is having pain in her gums because of her teeth

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is quite common for older cats to have periodontal and dental disease. It can affect their life and be quite painful if not treated. It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian to make sure that that is the problem and that nothing else is going on. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action for her, given her age and health status. I hope that she does well.

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Little girl
17 Years
Mild condition
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Seem a little uncomfortable

Older female cat lost tooth last year now she's having problems with another otherwise healthy eats well drinks water kkkklllkllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty chewing food
bad breath
lack of appetite

Do cats die from a dental problem? Mine has one and we don't have vets nearby. He's drooling and lost appetite. He also has bad breath, We brush his teeth every other day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cat’s don’t die directly due to a dental issue but starvation through loss of appetite because of dental pain, septicemia from dental infections etc… may result in death over time. If there are some dental issues, you should travel regardless of distance to visit a Veterinarian for an examination and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lilac point Siamese
20 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Foul odor, thick saliva, bad teeth
Still eats

How quickly should I take my cat to the vet? It's been about a week

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are in a location where your Veterinarian is currently open and you have time, visit your Veterinarian today; otherwise it would probably wait until Monday morning as long as there is no signs of pain, discomfort, lack of appetite, lack of thirst, no fever, no bleeding from the gums or anything else worrying. I would recommend going as soon as possible to your Veterinarian as in a cat Dusty’s age, infections can really take hold. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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