Dog's Teeth Are Falling Out

Once a dog's teeth become loose, a dentistry procedure is the best option.

By | Posted: Thu Mar 31 00:00:00 PST 2005

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Q. I have a 4- or 5-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who was mistreated as a puppy by the original owner. He has recently lost two of his top front teeth, three at the bottom are loose and his breath is very bad. He has taken to just sitting for long periods licking his fur, mostly on his feet. He is still eating his regular dog food, mostly dry dog food, although I mix it with moist food for the evening meal, but he also seems to have an upset stomach most of the time. I am concerned that he is losing his teeth due to either health issues or due to age. He did jump over a dog playpen onto a tile floor when he was at the dog groomer. I noticed the teeth issue three days later. Do you have any ideas for me? I am currently unable to afford a large vet bill, but I am concerned because I love him very much.

Dr. Jon GellerA. It sounds like your Yorkie has advanced dental disease. If you smell bad breath, he most likely has a gum infection.

Once teeth become loose, there are few options except scheduling a dentistry procedure for your dog. It will involve general anesthesia, and will be fairly expensive, but the results may amaze you.

Your veterinarian will most likely extract the loose teeth, and thoroughly clean the others by scraping them below the gumline (root planing) and polishing them. Your vet may want to implant some delayed-release antibiotic medication if the gums are infected.

Can you imagine having a toothache from three or four rotten, infected teeth, and all of a sudden waking up and the pain is gone? This is what it will be like for your little dog. Your veterinarian will put him on antibiotics and a pain medication after the procedure, and you should notice an increase in appetite, energy and attitude.

Although you are trying to avoid a major expense, this is one that will be worth it, because your dog will feel much better. Once the procedure is over, your veterinarian can talk about strategies to prevent future dental disease.

Best of all, the doggie breath will be gone.

Best,
Jon Geller, DVM

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Andrea   Kansas city, Kansas

4/22/2013 4:37:53 PM

My sisters dog recently fell she is a small dog. she knocked a tooth loose. Can it tighten back up or do we need to pull it?

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Sara   Las Vegas, Nevada

10/9/2012 8:41:54 PM

I have a 6 year old bischon. She has never had any health or dental issues. I have her teeth cleaned every time she goes to the groomer and she has never acted like she was in pain. But last night, I found a tooth that had fallen out. She does have bad breath, but that is nothing new. She's had bad breath since I got her when she was 4 months old. Does this mean she also has dental/gum disease? I am a full-time nursing student and don't have any extra money right now. What can I do to help prevent more teeth from coming loose?

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Paul   weymouth u.k, NU

2/21/2012 4:19:38 PM

we have an 8 year old beagle from a "walking pack".she was too independent so next she was given to a company that trains sniffer dogs.That didnt work out for her and as a family we adopted her.we found she was 2 years older than first thought by writing to the master of hounds.she has very bad breath despite being given denti sticks to chew and found a tooth in the hallway(molar)which came out whole with 3 large roots.It was badly discoloured down one side.i am of the belief that seeing as we have pet insurance she should go to the vets.other members of the family seem to think its natural but recently she has started wetting in the night so now we have to put paper down.My mum and dad who are her owners thought she may be becoming diabetic but after reading various comments Im worried she may have an infection due to tooth decay which is causing her to urinate more frequently.She has had a hard life and I like to think things have worked out for her as she is much loved.Her diet(main meal)is half tin good quality dog food mixed with dry food(kibble type)plus denti sticks and the odd bone to chew.She manages the hard chews without any sign of distress.Any advice please?Like I said I am of the opinion a visit to the vet is in order

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Bob   Beijing, PA

2/15/2012 8:10:02 AM

We have two 7yr old schnauzers....both have already lost a number of teeth even with regular brushing hygiene over the last 3 years.....dry kibble, cooked foods/scraps most of their life....believe cooked foodstuffs cause the most problems....But realized recently the root cause was
deeper!

Now as of two months have gone fully raw....particularly 'give your dog a bone' (raw) diet....and am amazed...many improvements which many others had also found.....as for teeth....breath alredy much improved, whiter, greater calcium intake and believe we are stopping the slide downward!


Diet I believe is paramount and then am continuing the brushing regiment....the hardest part i found though is the human angst of first the idea of raw, particularly raw bones, and then second the butcher or surgeon like way of food preparation ......it just takes some getting used to and practice.......we are on our way!

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