The mucosa of the oral cavity of dogs and cats represents a district with very high biological reactivity. This is due both to repeated mechanical and microbial stress, and to purely anatomical reasons, since there are areas in which “stagnation” can occur which favors irritation (gingival and gingival sulcus junction). This is why most dogs and cats over the age of three suffer from tooth and gum problems which, if not treated properly, can cause much more serious infections and problems, not only in the oral cavity, but also in other districts of the body. The most predisposed ones are, of course, cats and small dogs, as well as brachycephalic dogs that have less space for teeth, and this contributes greatly to the formation of plaque and therefore of tartar.
Plaque is a biofilm that is constantly formed and deposited on the teeth; contains bacteria that produce acids, attack tooth enamel and can damage the gums.
In its “evolution” it becomes tartar, a deposit consisting of calcium phosphate, carbonate, food particles and other organic substances and its excess above and below the gum line, creates a favorable ground for some types of bacteria, which not only generate halitosis, but they also cause the advancement of the gingival collar, weaken the root of the tooth, cause very intense pain and can also cause periodontitis. These pathologies, at the level of the oral cavity induce gingival inflammation with high tenderness, but also act as a chronic outbreak of infection and, consequently, micro-organisms, toxins and bacterial products can enter into circulation and reach vital organs such as heart, kidneys, liver and lungs, causing bacterial infections.
We must add to this all the side effects of these pathologies, namely:
• dehydration and / or weight loss (the animal tends to eat less or with fatigue due to pain in the oral cavity);
• digestive problems (food is not chewed well);
• behavioral (aggression linked to pain or apathy).
This is why prevention is extremely important and it has to be done with products aimed not only at reducing the deposition of bacterial plaque, which do not include tooth brushing (a difficult and often impractical and painful technique), but also the support of pain management on the oral cavity which may also be due to dental extractions, oncological surgery, jaw osteosynthesis with intra-oral techniques, soft tissue surgeries within the oral cavity.
ICF, aware of these needs, formulated and patented Stomodine® F, a calibrated fluidity gel, to control the normal integrity of the oral mucosa. It contains these ingredients with functional activity:
• Phytosphingosine, lipid molecule present in high concentrations in the stratum corneum of the skin with kerato-modulating action because it is one of the sphingoid bases used for the formation of ceramides 3 and 6, therefore it intervenes in the “construction” of the skin barrier and its re-epithelialization, favoring cell turnover. It acts actively in the regulation of the cutaneous microflora, constituting a protective barrier against the attack of pathogens. In its free form, it greatly reduces skin hyperreactivity with a highly soothing action.
• chlorhexidine digluconate (max 0.07%), antimicrobial agent with proven efficacy against sensitive microorganisms
• Tris-EDTA, which acts in synergy with chlorhexidine and activate bacterial autolysis
• Primrose oil, rich in Essential Fatty Acid Omega 6, which decreases skin hyperreactivity with a soothing action;
• meat flavour, which gives the product an optimal palatability in dogs and cats. Moreover it is synthetic, therefore the product can also be administered to animals with suspected allergy and / or food intolerance.
Stomodine® F, thanks to the calibrated fluidity, guarantees an easy absorption and a prolonged persistence in contact with the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, and has a high tolerability in prolonged treatments.
The package is equipped with an applicator tube to be able to apply the product more easily between the gums and the lips (away from meals), massaging gently.