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Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Herbal treatments for cats and dogs to relieve gum diseases such as canine and feline gingivitis.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body, providingin support, help to maintain the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial and viral.

Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems affecting pets. Research shows that most animals over the age of 2 years suffer from gum disease. As important as it is for you to maintain good dental care by brushing your teeth every day, eating correctly and having regular dental check-ups, the same rule also applies to your dog or cat.

Although gum disease can affect both dogs and cats, certain dog breeds such as Boxers or Terriers tend to be more susceptible to this disease. Gum disease occurs as a result of a build up of food particles, saliva and bacteria known as plaque on the teeth. Plaque then hardens or calcifies into tartar under the gum line and on the teeth and causes infection. It is very painful and uncomfortable for your pet, particularly because he has no way of telling you.

When an infection develops it not only damages the gums and bones around the teeth but can also spread into the blood stream. If left untreated, bad breath, tooth loss, abscesses, gingivitis, tooth, root and jawbone infection may develop. More severe cases of gum disease can lead to kidney, liver and heart disease as well as joint disease and even organ failure.

The most common symptoms and signs of gum disease include:

Bad breath

Loose teeth

Discolored teeth

Bloody, inflamed gums

Receding gums

Pawing at the mouth

Salivation

Reluctance to eat or chew food, particularly hard food

Drops food when eating

Behavioral changes such as depression, irritation or aggression

There are several factors that may contribute to gum disease and these include poor nutrition and dental hygiene, eating hard rocks, sticks or other foreign objects, the age of the animal, genetics, breed, and arrangement of teeth, as well as grooming habits, bacterial infections and overall health.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies to maintain healthy, strong teeth and gums and to promote dental care, healthy teeth, gums, skin and bone and provide overall oral health in cats & dogs

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Life’s An Itch! (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator, for asthma, coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

There are certain things that pet owners can do to prevent gum disease and maintain the overall dental health and these include:

Feed your pet high quality, commercial food or a well balanced, all natural diet without preservatives, additives or colorants 

Incorporate large, raw marrow bones into your dog’s diet and raw chicken necks for cats. Make sure that the marrow bones for your dog are large enough so that they cannot be swallowed

Brush and clean your pet’s teeth and gums daily to prevent gum disease

Use a toothbrush with a small head to brush your pet’s teeth – you can obtain specially designed toothbrushes for pets from your local vet

Check your pet’s mouth, teeth and gums regularly for bleeding, bad breath, inflamed gums, and tartar buildup

Cats generally do like their mouths been opened, therefore start handling his mouth when he is still a kitten so that he may become accustomed to this experience

Never use human toothpaste or baking soda to brush your pet’s teeth – use a veterinary prescribed or natural toothpaste

Give your pet dental toys, treats and chews such as pig’s ears, rawhide bones, trotters and noses – these treats encourage them to chew and also helps to remove plaque

Make sure that your pet has an annual dental cleaning from your vet

Related Products:

I Feel Good! –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

The Green Machine – (learn more) is used as a cardio tonic to improve the heart and circulatory systems, to strengthen heart muscles, to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, to support muscle and cell healing for all parts of the body including the brain, to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels, to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic to stimulate alpha brain waves, to promote healthy brain function and for its benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems

The Daily Paws – (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of gum disease is based on a thorough dental examination of the mouth, gums and teeth. Certain tests such as radiographic imaging will be performed.

Treatment generally depends on the severity of the gum disease. It involves brushing your dog or cat’s teeth daily with a veterinary prescribed toothpaste, cleansing, polishing and fluoride application to control plaque build up and prevent loss of teeth. All procedures are done under general anesthesia so that no pain is experienced.

This is then followed by cleaning the spacing between the teeth and gums to reduce the size of the spacing between teeth. An antibiotic gel is also applied to restore periodontal tissues. More severe cases will require procedures such as periodontal splinting, bone replacement and tissue regeneration. Looking after your pet’s teeth remains your responsibility and entails feeding him a healthy and nutritious diet, daily home dental care and regular veterinary check ups.

 

 

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