One week ago, as I was brushing my dog’s teeth with coconut oil in our nightly routine, when I suddenly noticed that there was blood on the toothbrush. Upon closer examination, I noticed that there had been traumatic injury to the front tooth, and one of the side teeth, and the gums were blue-purplish and receding on just the two teeth affected. I extrapolated that my dog had either bitten something hard or had been injured while playing with other dogs with their pull toy. However, something had happened and two teeth were now loose and moving freely in my dog.
I immediately called the veterinarian the following morning and she told me that there was nothing they could do. If the teeth were bothering my dog, I could take my dog in to have the teeth pulled, then my dog would be prescribed antibiotics and painkillers. She said it was very common for dogs beyond age 8+ years to eventually lose their teeth, and that I should keep an eye on it.
However, I recalled several years back, my mother’s dog had a tooth infection in which the veterinarian pulled out all her front teeth then used an aggressive form of antibiotic treatment that lasted on and off for 5 months, and my mother’s beloved dog eventually fell ill of health and died the following year at the age of 10. We did not know at the time that antibiotics not only cause DNA damage, but also destroy the natural harmonious state of microbiomes in the body that lead to an impaired immune system; however many unethical veterinarians often push pet owners towards aggressive antibiotic treatment due to the profitability scheme of prescribing those various drugs that often damage our pets’ health.
Although there might be scant studies of short-term benefits of taking antibiotics for some types of infections for a short period of time, antibiotic usage has generally been attributed to long-term complications in impairing health of both animal and human subjects.
In fact, some types of antibiotics led to a higher risk of a life-threatening inflammatory condition called graft versus host disease in a study of 857 patients led by researchers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York.
I had mentioned in a previous entry that I have used low level light therapy (LLLT) or handheld photobiomodulation (PBM) devices with great success. As I tend to engage in a lot of physical exercise and outdoor sports, I often suffer from bruises, torn muscle ligaments, and other sports-related injuries from time to time, and I have used this particular PBM device for about 10 months daily until the lithium battery had stopped charging.
However, I called the company Laspot, located in China, and had a nice conversation with Tina Tang, who is their General Manager, and since my device was under the one year warranty and lifetime repair services, she let me know that all I had to do was send my device to them, and they would repair it and send it back to me. I didn’t have much expectations from a company that was located abroad in China, however, I was very impressed by their service as Tina had my device repaired and sent back to me within a week, although at the time it was a major holiday in China.
I followed up with Tina the next month to find out more about Laspot, and she explained that the company was founded in 2008 and they had around 100 employees. All the materials used for their devices were imported from Taiwan and Japan and assembled in China.
Tina told me that all their products were for home use, as opposed to the large, often cumbersome photobiomodulation (PBM) devices at hospitals. Their demographic consisted mainly of the elderly population who were in need of physical therapy and had “blocked blood” somewhere and were looking for therapy to absorb inflammation. She had first discovered Laspot PBM devices after her father had purchased a handheld wrist device, called the laser watch, which used pressure points in acupuncture, and had benefited from a significant decrease in blood pressure from 200/120 to the prehypertensive baseline of 140/90 without changing his diet or exercise. Since then, she has been working for the company in distribution and customer service.
Previously, I had read several studies on using PBM or photobiomodulation or otherwise called low level light therapy (LLLT) for dentistry and its healing effects.
I had decided on an irradiation schedule for my dog using my handheld device. Although, this particular device uses near-infrared non-ablative laser light (NIR) at the 650nm and 808nm levels which do not damage eyes, I was still careful not to expose the laser to my dogs’ eyes and made sure they were covered during treatment. PBM devices have been used to improve eye conditions and treat retinal diseases as well, but the dosage could vary. It was really blue light that people had to be more careful about, as blue light was closer in spectrum to UV light, therefore could damage eyesight. I utilised the maximum power setting 650 nm at continuous laser (not pulse or strobing) for 20 min per evening on my dog’s front tooth. Every evening, I would put on my favourite YouTube cookery channels, and lay next to my dog with my dog’s belly side up, and play some soothing music for my dog, as I would gently pull back my dog’s mouth and carefully direct the device to my dog’s teeth. I have to say my dog was very calm and did a great job of laying still for 20 minutes.
Although my dog does not have periodontal disease as many dogs do, and has bright white teeth due to the fact that I brush my dog's teeth daily with coconut oil, dogs are still at risk when given bones, raw hide chews, and deer antlers. Not only are these “chews” bad for your dogs, and contain toxic chemicals, they can also cause severe dental damage.
By Sierra Choi
Disclaimer: This article is not intended as medical nor veterinary advice and only for educational purposes only.
If you are interested in finding out more about Laspot’s photobiomodulation devices, you can visit their website http://www.lasermedicalhome.com or contact Tina Tang by phone or email: firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: +86 1572161959