baby teeth at 10 months!

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  1. RobinA

    RobinA I am my dog's mom

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    My pomapoo still has 2 baby teeth, even though he chews a lot. The vet said they should have been out at 8 months. If they don't fall out in a couple of weeks I guess I have to let the doc operate! :eek: I hate the thought of putting my baby through that if he's just a little late. Does any one have any experience with late teeth-losers?
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    Hyia my grandchild has a baby tooth with no adult tooth behind it.She will have that babytooth all through her adult hood hopefully. Her dentist said that happens sometimes. Don't know if this is the same thing but i thought i would write just in case.
     
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    RobinA I am my dog's mom

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    Wow! I've never heard of that, Smkie, and I'm a kindergarten teacher. It must be very rare.
    Apu has all of his adult teeth grown in, but 2 of the babys just haven't fallen out yet. I sure hope they do!
    Thanks for your reply!
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    i hadn't either but i guess it does happen. i would hate to see them operate when it wasn' necessary and remove a tooth that might stay for a long time..they should do an x-ray first. Hyia is 6.
     
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    RobinA I am my dog's mom

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    That's a good idea. I'll wait a while, then have them do an xray. Thanks, Smkie!
     
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    It's common for some small breed dogs to retain their baby teeth. Both my dogs did and the best thing is to get it removed by the vet. If your dog isn't neutered and is scheduled for it soon I'd get them removed at the same time. Another thing you can do in the mean time is to try a giggle the baby teeth every day, just like a child would. It may loosen it up.
     
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    RobinA I am my dog's mom

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    Thank you very much, Giny! Very helpful!
     
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    I was curious, what are the medical reasons/why you would need to remove the teeth, if a few of the baby ones didn't fall out?

    Just curious if it would really hurt anything if they were not removed.

    My puppy is 4 months, and we will be facing the teeth falling out soon, and I want to learn all I can.
     
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    RobinA I am my dog's mom

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    Oooo that's a really good question! I hope some one knows!
     
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    If the puppy still has his baby teeth by the age of 8 months and the adult tooth grows in next to it, it can cause a few problems. One is that food can easily get trapped between the two teeth, the adult and baby tooth, which can cause gingivitis and it’s very difficult to keep clean. Another thing is that you have two teeth using up one socket and may cause problem with the adult tooth’s root to grow properly.

    here's and article that explains it far better then I can. :)
    http://www.raho.com/ServArt.asp?ServArtID=6&ServiceID=1
     
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    RobinA I am my dog's mom

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    Thanks, Giny. Do you think, then, that I should schedule the extraction right away? I have noticed the food getting stuck between his baby and adult teeth!
     
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    Funny, I am 33 and have two baby teeth that never fell out so I have caps on them that make them the right size. Apparently doesn't happen often, but I did not have the adult teeth there to push them out. I never got wisdom teeth either. Small favors.

    However, deciduous baby teeth in a puppy can really offset the bite and create problems with how the bite comes together. The teeth may not meet properly which will cause the opposing teeth to come down (or up) farther than they should (over time) exposing the roots. As said they may get food trapped which may causes abscesses if it goes unnoticed. I am assuming that the adult teeth have come in?

    I would definitely have them removed when he is sedated for his neuter. If he is already altered, then I would have it done anyway. It will probably only take a very few minutes to do. You don't want to encourage dental problems, little dogs have enough of them without any excuse. :)
     
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    RobinA I am my dog's mom

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    Great info, Laura! I'm going to make the appointment!
    BTW, We are neighbors! (Altadena)
    Thank you so very much. Apu is our love and we wouldn't let him have dental problems for the world!
    -Robin
     
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    I have the same problem. My two bottom front teeth never had adult teeth behind them. One of them got pushed out by my other adult teeth growing in, and in turn, envaded the space. I had to have the other one pulled and replaced with ONE false tooth on a bridge. I now have a permanant (sp. ? doesn't look right lol) implant in the space. So, my bottom jaw is less one tooth.
     
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    Oh, Robin, hey that's great. Who is your vet up there? We are up on Lake and Calaveras everyweek for my son's class. Thanks for sharing.

    I am sure the extraction is the right way to go. BTW, how did the dogs do with the wind this week? :)
     
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    RobinA I am my dog's mom

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    How cool!!
    We go to Dr. Sahi at Altadena Animal Hospital. It's walking distance for us.
    Apu slept right through the wind storm!!!! I couldn't believe it! How did your dogs do? The other dog in our picture is Apu's cousin who lives in Santa Ana with my in-laws.
     
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    Oh interesting, I didn't realize that when the baby tooth didn't fall out, the adult one still came in. Thanks!
     
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    Yeah, the mouth can get real over crowded if the baby teeth don't fall out. If the adult teeth don't come right up under like they are supposed to then they don't eat away at the baby roots correctly and the baby teeth don't fall out. Can create quite a few problems.


    And Robin, Dharma just hid in her crate. Nice and safe there. No big bad wind demons in there. She hates the wind.
     
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    I also still have a baby tooth, we don't see it at first glance but xrays showed that the adult tooth is still in my gums somewhere. So sometimes I guess they just don't come out. I don't have any problem because of it however. No clue how it works for dogs though.
     

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