Prevalence of dental resorptive lesions in Swedish cats

J Vet Dent. 2003 Sep;20(3):140-2. doi: 10.1177/089875640302000301.


Ninety-six, randomly selected Swedish cats were evaluated for the presence of dental resorptive lesions. All cats were examined while receiving general anesthesia. Diagnosis was based on oral examination and full-mouth, intraoral dental radiographs. Information concerning age, sex, vaccination status, eating habits, food type, environment (indoor or outdoor housing), oral, discomfort, dental care, and medical treatment was recorded. Hematologic samples included analysis for FeLV, FIV, and calcivirus. Of the cats examined in this study, 32% had gross or radiographic signs of dental resorptive lesions. There was a positive relationship between the occurrence of dental resorptive lesions and increasing age.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calicivirus, Feline / isolation & purification
  • Cat Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Cat Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Cat Diseases / etiology
  • Cat Diseases / pathology
  • Cat Diseases / virology
  • Cats
  • Female
  • Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline / isolation & purification
  • Leukemia Virus, Feline / isolation & purification
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Radiography
  • Sweden / epidemiology
  • Tooth Resorption / epidemiology
  • Tooth Resorption / veterinary*