Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Baby Teeth Should Be Removed If They Persist

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Baby Teeth Should Be Removed If They Persist

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Q: My dog still has a baby tooth. Her adult tooth is also coming in. My vet wants to remove the tooth when she is spayed. Is there any reason I shouldn't leave it alone?

A: Like people, dogs lose their baby teeth (also called deciduous teeth) as their adult (permanent) teeth erupt. This usually happens by the time they are about 6 months old. In some dogs (more commonly in small breeds), this does not happen normally and the baby teeth remain when the permanent teeth come in. This is commonly referred to as retained, or persistent, deciduous teeth. This leads to problems as two teeth occupy the same area, causing the adult teeth to erupt in an abnormal position or at an abnormal angle. If left untreated it can lead to a malocclusion (abnormal bite) and periodontal disease. …

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