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Q. My cat has bad breath and gingivitis. Will a systemic antibiotic help? What antibiotic gel is available?

A. A systemic antibiotic may help to decrease the bacterial overgrown and infection in the mouth combined with an antiseptic mouth gel. Oral gel usually have chlorhexidine and often zinc inside ( there is a variety of commercial product on the market).

Often teeth descale and polish and eventually teeth extractions ( followed by regular teeth cleaning) is the most helpful and resolutive treatment for dental disease associated with tartar and gingivitis.

If, despite the antibiotics, the gingivitis persist I would recommend to have him checked by your veterinarian as gingivitis and stomatitis in cats may require a different approach in terms of treatment.

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

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