When dental disease goes global

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

Pet parents in the know are aware that periodontal disease, that’s disease of the teeth’s supporting tissues, can damage dental structures. But it’s not as obvious that the bacteria involved can affect distant organs, too.

Microbes and the toxins they produce can travel in the bloodstream to the kidneys, liver, heart valves and even the brain. Anywhere small blood vessels can trap bacteria is a place where infection can smolder. Systemic infections are often tough to treat and can result in permanent organ damage, even death.

So, instead of struggling with long-term treatment, work on preventing periodontal disease in the first place. Since good dental hygiene is such an important part of whole-body health, make oral checkups a routine part of your pet’s veterinary care.