Gingivitis can affect our pets in much the same way as it can affect people. Gingivitis is often one of the first signs of other periodontal diseases in cats like the Balinese. If you own a cat, talk with your vet to learn ways you can help keep your cat’s teeth clean. Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that causes inflammation and irritation to the gums. It occurs when plaque or food and debris builds up on the gums. Advanced gingivitis occurs when plaque plus a calculus build up is present on the gums causing severe redness, irritation, and inflammation. The first sign of gingivitis in Balinese is usually inflammation or redness of the gums. Plaque (or food build-up) is not always present at the beginning stages, but can appear if action is not taken. Talk with your veterinary clinic Aurora, CO for more information.