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Dog Mouth and Tooth Disorders

There are a number of problems which dog's can develop with their mouths, including dog mouth infections, dog tooth problems and dog mouth ulcers. Periodontal disease in dogs is surprisingly common. Tongue problems in dogs can also develop, including salivary cysts on the dog's tongue. Dogs can also suffer from dog tooth decay, fractured dog tooth or other tooth damage in dogs. Mouth injuries in your dog can also cause soreness and pain in your dog's mouth.

Some dogs are born with a misaligned bite - either an undershot jaw or an overshot jaw. When looking at your dog's mouth, the upper and lower teeth should mesh perfectly when he closes his mouth. Breeds such as the Pekingese and Bulldog tend to have an undershot bite, while Doberman and Collies tend to show an overshot bite.

Fortunately for your dog, no action is typically necessary unless the bite misalignment is causing your dog discomfort. Discomfort is most likely to occur with overshot jaws as opposed to undershot ones. Your vet can fit a removable tool over the upper front teeth and hard palate, which will help aid the dog's bit to move to a more comfortable position.

If your dog is showing sings of excessive drooling then it may be caused by a dog salivary cyst, periodontal disease in your dog, dog tongue injury, or simply a foreign object. Salivary cysts look like large blisters that occur under the tongue. If your dog has periodontal disease then the cement that holds his teeth in place starts breaking down. Tongue wounds can be self inflicted or can be caused by getting info fights with other dogs.

If your dog's drooling is the result of salivary cysts in your dog's mouth, then they may be need to be drained by your veterinarian. The damaged saliva gland must be removed as well.

If your dog is suffering from advanced periodontal disease then his teeth will have to be removed if the problem has persisted to the point of loosened teeth. And it may be too painful for your dog to eat under these circumstances, so be sure to feed him small soft pieces of food. The key here is to identify dog periodontal disease early - and stop its development. Periodontal disease in dogs can be prevented by good dog oral hygiene and keeping your dog's mouth healthy.

Often dog mouth and tooth problem cause a reluctance to chew or bite down all of the way. This can be a result of a dog tooth cavity, a tooth root abscess, a fractured tooth, or distemper teeth. Large dog tooth cavities are visible as damage to the tooth enamel and often occur at the gum margin. Root abscesses may be a bit difficult to see. The molars are the teeth that most commonly fracture. And your dog may have contracted the distemper virus as a puppy, which causes his teeth to look eroded as the dog grows up to be an adult.

Usually the best practical thing for your veterinarian to do is to remove the tooth that is causing your dog's pain. Routine tooth decay can be treated with fillings. If your dog is suffering from abscesses and/or fractures then this will require root canal work. And lastly, if there is tooth damage from the distemper virus, those teeth that are damaged will have to be removed by your vet, because distemper damage is permanent and cannot be reversed.

Again, tooth decay in dogs can be prevented, as can other problems caused by unhealthy teeth and gums in dogs. Dogs' oral health is very important, and preventing dog tooth decay can prevent much future pain for your dog.

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