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    Taking Care of Teeth and Gums
    It is enormously important that you pay close attention to the condition of your dog’s or cat’s teeth and gums, not just from the perspective of comfort during chewing and eating but because there is a definite link between oral hygiene, your animal’s immune system, and the long-term health of organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver.” (Goldstein et al 2005)

    My Story
    My old 19-year-old cat needed his teeth scaled and two long overdue tooth extractions. However, due to him having chronic kidney disease the Vet was understandably reluctant to carry out the procedure due to the anesthetic being detrimental to severely damaged kidneys.
    I thought long and hard about this. If I went ahead with the procedure he could die from the anesthetic. At first I hesitated.
    Then I thought, who am I to keep my cat in pain just so he can live longer, how selfish. I decided to go ahead.
    That was 3 weeks ago and Oliver is like a kitten again. He’s more alert, has an increased appetite, he’s cleaning himself again and is really enjoying being pain free. Rather than destroy his kidneys, having the procedure done has taken stress off the kidneys (not to mention all of his other organs). His immune system is now breathing a much-needed sigh of relief.

    The Stages of Periodontal Disease

    1. Plaque, an adhesive fluid composed of bacteria stick to the teeth
    2. The bacteria form a strong hold on the tooth surface
    3. If plaque is not removed on a regular basis, bacteria start to eat the supporting gum tissue
    4. Mineral salts in saliva form a 'calculus,' a hard crust that cover the plaque.
    5. The layer of plaque is protected by the calculus and as a result becomes more difficult to remove
    6.The gum tissue becomes irritated
    7. The irritation leads to inflammation of the gums, this is tender and painful
    8. The plaque and calculus covered teeth with inflamed gums is called gingivitis
    9. Bacteria continue to eat supporting gum tissue, which leads to loss of ligaments that hold the tooth to the gum
    10. Teeth become loose, pain intensifies, the bacteria continue to do their damage, bones recess.

    The Outcome:
    - The immune system becomes overworked, inflammation is continuous
    - Your pet suffers in silence
    - The bacteria from the mouth then spread via the blood and gut to every other part of the body. This influx of harmful bacteria overloads the immune system 24 hours a day.
    - Heart and kidney disease are two of many chronic conditions directly connected to long term, untreated periodontal disease.

    This tooth is at the early stages of gingivitis. The plaque has found a strong hold on the tooth and the calculus is starting to build on the top. It is best to have this removed by a Vet, but if for whatever reason this is not an option, you can, with time, patience and persistence break this down with regular brushing or better still, give your cat a raw chicken neck each day to munch on.

    How is this destruction and pain prevented?

    - Raw meaty bones every day, which clean the teeth and gums.
    - Clean your cat or dogs teeth using a pet enzymatic toothpaste or you can use a little baking soda mixed into paste with a few drops of water. Use a small child's toothbrush or with a cat I find a make up eye shadow brush is the easiest to clean the molars right at the back of the mouth.
    - Another great way to take care of teeth is to open a capsule of CoQ10 enzyme and rub the liquid along the gum line.

    - Add vitamin C to the diet. This vitamin improves gum health and the assimilation of minerals.

    Plan of Action

    If your cat or dog’s teeth and gums are already suffering from gingivitis, first and foremost you need to take them directly to a Vet for teeth scaling and possibly tooth extraction. Once the gums have began to heal, after 2-3 days start a regular program to ensure this does not reoccur.

    Dietary Supplements
    (In no way do these supplements replace much needed dental work. They can however, alleviate pain and slow down periodontal disease whilst also boosting the immune system)
    The following is based on an adult 5-6kg dog or cat:

    CoQ10Enzyme (20mg/day),
    Vitamin C (250mg x2/daily),
    Echinacea (up to 7 drops x2/daily).
    Fresh Aloe Vera juice applied directly to inflamed gums
    Propolis applied directly to gum line (use a cotton bud)

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    All of these dietary supplements can be picked up from your local health food shop.

    The Good News

    Pets that have suffered painful toothache and gum disease and then have their teeth scaled and bad teeth removed get a new lease of life! It's amazing how much better they feel. The immune system becomes strong again, inflammation in the body is reduced, organs breath a sigh of relief, the bad breath smells from the mouth stop, eating becomes a pleasure again, toothache has gone.
    As we all know what chronic ongoing pain is like, it's so incredibly important to ensure your pet is not having to go through such unnecessary pain and discomfort.

    For the long term health of your cat or dog, keep teeth and gums cleans by whatever method works for you.

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