Friday, February 10, 2012

Veterinary Highlights: OraStrip QuickCheck Canine To Detect Periodontal Disease

Everybody talks about the importance of taking care of your dog's oral health. There is a good reason for that – it's extremely important. Not only for your dog's mouth but for their overall health.

Periodontal disease is an advanced stage of oral disease.

It is the number 1 most commonly diagnosed disease, with about 85 percent of dogs getting it by the age of three!

Calculus and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) can be detected by visual examination. But while what you can see might look scary, what you cannot see can be even scarier!

Healthy mouth on the left; severe periodontal disease on the right.
Image Park Cities Center for Veterinary Dentistry

Periodontal disease cannot be easily seen because it takes place under the surface, below the gum line.

It is an inflammatory disease caused by infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth. This results in a progressive loss of the bone around the teeth. I can slowly eat-away at the bones in dog's mouth! Does that sound painful enough? It is!

The only sure-fire way of assessing the presence and progression of periodontal disease is x-ray imaging. Or it was.

OraStrip QuickCheck is a test strip that allows detection and monitoring of periodontal disease in dogs quickly and easily; all it takes is a swipe along the gum line.

The resulting color on the test strip provides information about the concentration of the metabolic products of the infecting bacteria. This will show how much bacteria is present.

Sounds pretty cool to me. If it works half as good as it sounds, I'm all over it.

I'll be looking into having this done next time our guys are in for their check-up.

How healthy is your dog's mouth?

Source article: Little strip can make a big difference in a dog’s dental health
Further reading: The Science Behind OraStrip

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