Date: 2001-06-09 13:31:00 UTC
Subject: Ferret dental hygiene revisited
I recently posted about the effects of gum disease on bodily health.
to make a correction.
>Date: Mon Jun 4, 2001 11:19 pm
>Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] OMG! I'm supposed to be brushing
If a ferret has a lot of plaque build up and/or infection in the
is a lot of bacteria present in the mouth. When he then breathes in
inhaling this bacteria into his lungs.
>That's not quite correct. The bacteria is not inhaled. When a
person or a
ferret has a periodontal infection (gingivitis or gum disease), the
tissue is inflamed and bleeds quite easily. This allows the bacteria
mouth to enter the blood stream, where it can stick to heart valves
bacterial endocarditis (a life-threatening infection of the heart).
Although the latter is still true, Estelle is also correct. After a
digging, I found that "scientists have found that bacteria that grow
oral cavity can be aspirated into the lung to cause respiratory
as pneumonia, especially in people with periodontal disease. This
leads researchers to believe that these respiratory bacteria can
the oral cavity to the lungs."
Estelle, I apologize for correcting you. I was unaware of this oral
systemic infection regarding the lungs. It is I that stand
Sukie also was wondering about the effects of gum disease on
Actually the effect would be sort of positive. "Severe periodontal
can INCREASE blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time
body functions with high blood sugar. This puts diabetics at
for diabetic complications", such as blindness.
Well, although one beneficial side effect does exist for insulinoma,
think anyone would argue that the risks outweigh the benefits.
healthy gums are far more likely to be healthier ferrets than those
Dodie the Dental Hygienist in South Jersey