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ilsamom
3rd February 2009, 01:34 PM
Hi everyone, I have a difficult question. Ilsa saw her acupuncture vet today and she pointed out that ilsa has 2 loose teeth and a great deal of tartar. This is odd, as she had her teeth done 3 months ago with her MRI and two teeth pulled. She showed me the teeth and how she whined when you touched them. She also said this was new as she checks her teeth every appointment and they were fine 2 weeks ago.

Ilsa doesn't let me brush her teeth easily, though I still make the effort, I use the dental spray and give her nutri-dent chews. We made an appointment to do her teeth next week, and to get a cardiac ultrasound while she's under (too bad she can't do a MRI).

I just don't understand why this could happen so quickly, it's unsettling. I usually do her teeth once a year, she's only 4.
She has SM, could that have anything to do with it? Anything else that could cause such rapid tooth decay?

Jen and Ilsa

Cathy Moon
4th February 2009, 12:36 AM
Our veterinary dentist told us it's better to brush their teeth than to use sprays, gels, chews, etc. Just like in humans!

I'm fairly certain I read that tartar/calculus can start forming on the teeth after only 3 days or so of not brushing; that's why it's best to brush their teeth every 3 days at a minimum.

Tartar doesn't cause tooth decay, but it does cause gum disease and therefore bone loss around the teeth, leading to loose teeth.

Try getting some enzymatic toothpaste from the vet, rather than buying pet store toothpaste. I think it does a much better job at cleaning the teeth. Also, some people find a baby/toddler toothbrush works better than the vet or pet store toothbrushes.