Checking your dog’s teeth and gums can be scary at times unless your dog is well-trained and familiar with the procedure. Due to this, many of us don’t check our dog’s teeth often and you may not notice if your dog has any loose teeth. With the right information on hand, you can easily recognize the symptoms of a loose tooth in dogs and provide the necessary care and treatment.
Normal Teeth Loss
A loose tooth is not always a concern, it is normal for puppies to lose teeth as they age. Puppies are born toothless and for the first few weeks of their lives they grow baby teeth, also called deciduous teeth. These start to fall at the age of six-seven months and the adult teeth emerge. The teeth that grow while they are adults are supposed to be permanent and stay for a lifetime. The sign of trouble is when adult dogs have wobbly teeth.
Symptoms of Loose Teeth
It is hard to notice loose teeth if your dog doesn’t allow you to check their mouth. During such time you can notice other signs like your dog avoiding food due to pain or them rubbing their face on different surfaces to scratch the itch.
Some other symptoms that you might notice are-
- Difficulty using their mouth, either for chewing or picking up something
- Facial swelling
- Loss of appetite
- Bad breath
- Redness or bleeding in the gums
Causes of Loose Teeth
There can be many causes of losing teeth or loose teeth; some are more concerning than others. Some of the reasons that might require more attention are-
- Periodontal disease: it is the inflammation or infection of the tissues that surround the teeth. This causes pain to the dog and can occur due to the buildup of tartar and plaque. Such buildup can lead to the spread of infection and if left untreated often spreads and destroys the bones.
- Trauma or injury: If your dog had an accident, fall, fight, or bites on hard material, they might get injured and this may lead to the loosening of their teeth.
- Cancer in any region near the oral area can cause damage to the gums and bones. It also adversely affects the attachment area that holds the teeth firmly.
Treatment of Loose Teeth
With exception of losing teeth in puppies, every other case needs to be taken seriously, and probably also needs an opinion of a veterinarian. Periodontal disease can be avoided if you take good care of your dog and maintain oral hygiene, by avoiding plaque and tartar buildup. A thorough dental cleaning of your canine’s canines should be regularly done by a veterinarian.
In other cases, the vet might need to extract the diseased teeth; this is decided on the basis of a dental X-ray. Dental X-rays are taken to help evaluate the condition of your dog’s teeth, gums, and root teeth.
Keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy
Daily brushing and cleaning of your dog’s mouth are very critical to keep their health in check. Oral hygiene is also important to keep digestion and immune response apt. Use some good dental products like Pet Dent toothpaste and toothbrush, or Orovet Oral rinse to keep their mouth feeling clean and fresh. There is Pet Dent Finger Brush, which will make brushing your pooch’s teeth, an easy task. In situations where you notice that your dog is avoiding chewing or feeding and showing signs of toothache, get them checked out by a vet and get the necessary treatment done.