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Beyond the Teeth

Beyond the Teeth

Your veterinarian is on the lookout for problems such as tooth resorptions; loose, broken or chipped teeth; areas of inflammation that could indicate infection; orthodontic issues such as missing, unerupted or misaligned teeth; and oral cancers. Stomatitis, an abnormal reaction to the formation of plaque on the teeth, is often seen in cats and dogs -- like our other cavalier, Keeper. Poorly positioned teeth can interfere with other teeth, or even grow into the jaw. Dr. Bellows recognizes that most people don’t brush their pets’ teeth, so instead he recommends daily use of dental wipes. He keeps a container of wipes in his TV room, and he or his wife rub their dog’s teeth while they’re watching TV.

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