What to Do About Your Dog's Misaligned Teeth

From their origin as wolves, dogs have become our family, and it's been a pretty sweet deal. Both humans and dogs have each gotten a loyal companion and working partner. However, as humans have created more breeds through unnatural selection, dogs have suffered some downsides. One of the many different health issues caused by selective breeding has been misaligned teeth. Do you know what to do about your dog's misaligned teeth?

Definition

Misaligned teeth is a condition in which your dog's teeth are crowded within certain areas of the mouth, pushing against one another or pressing against gums. Certain dog breeds are more susceptible. The extent to which the condition causes your dog pain will be determined by the misalignment severity of their teeth. Misaligned teeth can range from incredibly painful to absolutely painless, in which case nothing might need to be done.

Detection

Misaligned teeth can be difficult to detect in your dog's mouth. Only a small percentage of your dog's teeth are visible. Signs include your dog wincing while masticating, chewing excessively or having bad breath. If these issues aren't resolved by giving your dog the best dog dental chews and brushing their teeth, misaligned teeth might be what's causing your dog pain or infection where their teeth roots have become exposed.

Treatment

Misaligned teeth in your dog's mouth can be easy to treat. Your vet will want to do an X-ray to understand the extent of the condition. Treatment will depend on symptoms. If your dog appears to have no pain or problems eating, your vet will probably only recommend mouth hygiene. If intervention is required, your vet will likely pull the teeth in question. Although drastic, it's a standard method to make your dog feel better.

Your dog's misaligned teeth might have been created by selective breeding but can be treated when you take a little selective action for your dog's beautiful smile.

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