By Alfred J. Plechner, D.V.M.

Have you ever been in a situation, when your pet had horrible breath, yet not a lot of plaque, but you were told your pet has dental disease and needs the teeth cleaned. Have you ever been told that the dental disease will subside if the teeth are removed? If these procedures are done to cure the dental disease, why does the mouth still smell horrible? You are a responsible pet owner, and even though you subject your pet to regular anesthesia and plaque removal, your pet is still losing teeth. Why is this happening? Could this be, because it is not a true dental disease affecting the teeth, but rather an antibody deficiency in the gums? The plaque, on the actual tooth may not be causing a problem unless the plaque is great enough to cause the gum associated with that tooth, to cause a gingival recession leading, to an exposed tooth root problem, causing the problem, but rather a hormonal antibody imbalance that is leading to a deficiency of the protective antibody for the gums? By merely observing a small red line, at the base of the enamel, on the adjacent gum, will prove this out in 70% of the cases in cats and 30% of the cases in dogs. If a blood sample is taken, and Atypical Cortisol Estrogen Imbalance Syndrome (ACEIS) or as the public refers to it as Plechner’s Syndrome is tested for, and there is an IgA deficiency, cleaning the teeth for dental disease may not be the answer. The sample must be sent to a qualified laboratory, in order to receive accurate results. The actual tests, handling of the sample, and the proper laboratory, are listed on my home page.

Again, I will help make suggestions to your healthcare professional if need be.

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