Dental disease is the most common disorder of pets, affecting almost 70% of all cats and 80% of dogs over 2-3 years. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease.
Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. Periodontal disease has been connected to kidney disease, heart disease and other major issues including cancer.
OralCare can slow down the progression of this disease and help reduce the need for more unnecessary and costly tooth extractions. It has also been designed to assist the veterinarian in helping support the natural acceleration of wound healing following extractions and or surgery within the oral cavity, thereby reducing the need for long term use of NSAIDS, or antibiotics.
Health Science for your Pet™
Periodontal disease is the most prevalent of all diseases in dogs and cats and a primary cause of health-related ailments (McFadden and Marretta 2013), with up to 80% of pets experiencing gum disease by the age of 3 years. As such, treating the disease is costly, running in the billions of dollars (US) annually on a global scale.
Periodontal disease is typically a slowly progressing disease of the gums, especially along the gingival margins of the teeth, both facially and lingually. Its beginnings are humble, in the biofilm that forms over the gums and teeth by bacteria normally found within the mouth (Davis et al. 2014). Within a few hours the biofilm transforms into plaque which, over a period of days and weeks can completely cover the tooth in a thick, relatively soft plaque. Along the margins of the gum persistent plaque harbors the aggressive bacteria that cause gum inflammation (gingivitis) and directly leads to the irreversible stages of periodontal disease.
The main genera of bacteria that we are interested in are: Porphyromonas, Fusobacterium, and Capnocytophaga. The species are primarily of gram negative staining. The optimal pH for these bacteria is in the neutral range.
One example is the Porphyromonas known for causing periodontal disease, a serious gum infection that leads to the loosening and eventual, detachment of teeth in both humans and animals.
P. Gulae was found in dogs. This bacterium thrives on periodontal tissues, eating up the gums and reducing well-rooted teeth to shaky cavities.
There are several drinkable oral care products on the market, many of which have zinc gluconate as an antimicrobial and other chemicals (i.e. chlorhexidine) that serve to enhance palatability and freshen breath. Use of some of these products raises their own health concerns. Excess dietary zinc, as may occur from drinking adequate amounts of zinc gluconate containing products, may lead to dietary zinc overload (associated with neutropenia, decreased white cells, sideroblastic anemia, digestive disorders) when used over a prolonged period of time (Olin 1988; Tongesayi et al. 2013; Medici and Grigsby 2013).
Additionally, very few products are supported with published research, raising concerns about veracity of claims and product safety.
The proprietary OCP was clinically tested in 2 study groups in Canada and the UK was formulated using naturally occurring and beneficial compounds that have been shown to:
- Inhibit the proliferation of orally-occurring bacteria
(Sakanaka et al. 1996; Taylor et al 2005; Kaur et al. 2014)
- Have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential
(Hirasawa et al. 2002; Narotzki et al. 2012)
- Have breath freshening and tooth whitening properties
(Kaneko et al. 1993; Blake-Haskins et al. 1997)
It was hypothesized that dogs drinking water into which this OCP was suspended would exhibit a reduced rate of plaque formation, reduced plaque thickness, reduced calculus and an absence of or minimal gingivitis.
On day 0 all teeth were cleaned by a veterinarian and gingivitis was assessed. On return visits on days 14, 21 and 28 plaque index, plaque thickness, gingivitis, freshness of breath and general health were assessed. On average over the 28 days of study, dogs on the OCP had significant reduction in plaque index and plaque thickness.
Up to 60% on average and 37% reduction in plaque formation occurred to canines and first molars during the first two weeks, and there was no gingivitis or calculus at the end of the 28 day study.
This data was produced by consuming the OCP as a normal drinking water additive, and in the absence of other modes of oral care during this process.
Reduced Dental Plaque Formation in Dogs Drinking a Solution Containing Natural Antimicrobial Herbal Enzymes and Organic Matcha Green Tea
Sodium bicarbonate – raise oral pH, destroys harmful bacteria, freshen breath
Plant-based enzymes – destroy food particles and harmful bacteria
Dried melon pulp – high in antioxidants, support tissue immune status and health
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) – natural antioxidant – support tissue health and immune status
Matcha green tea – supports tissue health and destroys harmful bacteria
Disaccharide carbohydrate – flavour
Silicon Dioxide – moisture absorbent
All ingredients have regulatory approvals.
Crude protein: 12%
Crude Fat: 0.5%
Crude Fibre: 4%
Sodium (as bicarbonate): 9%
Add OVVET Oral Care™ daily fresh drinking water. 1 level scoop (1 scoop = 2g) is mixed with 1 litre of fresh water. The bottle may be capped and stored out of light in a cool place. Refill drinking bowl as needed.
Small dog/cat < 5 – 12kg
up to 800ml water per day*
Medium dog 12 – 25kg
up to 1.5 litre water per day*
Large dog 25 – 50 > kg
up to 3 litre water per day*
*Water consumption data is based on an average amount of water for a healthy dog. Individual results will be influenced by various conditions such as weather, exercise, by dog breed and owner protocols.
Note: may also be given orally or with the feed: use 0.1 gram per Kg body weight of pet (i.e. 1 gram or ½ scoop for each 10 kg of body weight).
Oral care™ should be used daily, or as advised by your veterinarian. Please note pets with a heart problem need to speak to your vet before use, as this product contains a very small amount of caffeine from the fresh Matcha Green Tea. Under normal health conditions this represents ≤ 1% of the safe daily amount advised.
Cautions / Contraindications:
A daily, oral health care supplement for Dogs and Cats. For Companion animal use only.
Store in a cool dry place, keep out of direct light. Replace lid after use.
Consult your veterinarian if using any other medication or for general advice before use.