The teeth

Types of teeth

As in humans, cats have four types of teeth. First, there are the incisors, which are the smallest teeth located foremost in the mouth. They are used to grab food.

Heading inward, we find the canines, sharps teeths that are used to kill prey. Then, there are the premolars, they are used to slice the food. The Molars, able to crush and chew the food, follow.

 

Permanent teeth eruption

Cats are born with primary dentition, called deciduous teeth, baby teeth, milk teeth or temporary teeth, which will be replaced with permanent teths between the age of 4 and 6 months on average. They go out in the following order : the incisors between 3 and a half month and 4 months, canines premolars and molars, for their part, erupt between 4 and 5 months.

Number of teeth

The primary dentition includes three incisors, one canine and three premolars for each side of the maxillary while there are three incisors, one canine and two molars on each side of the mandible, adding up to a total of 26 baby teeth.

Each side of the maxillary of the adult dentition includes three incisors, a canine, three premolars and a molar. On each side of the mandible there are three incissors, one canine, two premolars and one molar, which makes 30 permanent teeth in total.

Sometimes the animals do not lose some of their baby teeth and they end up with one or more baby teeth at the same time as their permanent dentition. This is problematic because the baby teeth may interfere with the growth of the corresponding permanent teeth. In addition, since the two teeth are stuck together, this promotes the accumulation of dental calculus between the two. It is therefore important to extratct any milk tooth that does not fall by itself.