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filodendron t1_jbdsy4h wrote

Don't dismiss the connection without reading or knowing a bit more of the medicine behind it.

As a dental veterinarian. We have clear indications of poor dental hygiene and heart disease (specifically valvular disease) and more commonly in certain breeds (cavaliers).

Bacteria in the mouth (more bacteria in a mouth suffering from periodontal disease) travel to the stomach and through the bloodstream to the heart where they attach to the valve - worsening the prognosis severely.

But you don't need mouthwash for most dogs. You need to brush once a day - clear studies on that as well.