The Oral Systemic Link

The Surgeon General has called periodontal disease a silent epidemic. That is because periodontitis has been linked to systemic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even difficulties in pregnancy and pre-term, low birth weight infants.

It has been recommended that health care providers be informed that intervention to manage periodontitis can be helpful in forestalling the onset, or even slowing the progression, of systemic diseases. And underlying all of this information is mounting evidence suggesting that early diagnosis and treatment of periodontitis not only improves oral health, but may improve overall systemic health as well.

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) says that periodontal disease may begin in small-breed dogs and cats when they are as young as 9 months old, and recommends that veterinarians begin dental checkups when pets are only 5 months old. Veterinary researchers have long been aware of the potential connection between periodontal disease and life-threatening diseases in dogs and cats, including heart, liver, and kidney diseases.

Indeed, pet health officials have coined the phrase, “Silent Killer of Pets,” when referring to periodontal disease because of the probable relationship between periodontal and overall health.

Since poor health in the oral cavity may increase the risk and complications for a number of serious diseases and conditions, client education, cleanings, and treatment plan compliance are vital. Consequently, there is a growing need for cutting-edge technologies to aid in the diagnosis of oral health conditions, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, among consumers and professionals.

OraStripTM QuickCheck Canine was developed to address significant unmet oral healthcare needs that demand quick, simple and cost-effective solutions.