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    Dog has "dents" in gums?

    Hello, I have a 3-month-old dog who contracted a case of distemper. It looks like she got it shortly before she got vaccinated so the vaccine covered up most of the initial symptoms, and we didn't realize she was sick until she started having seizures.

    Right now I have her on medicine for secondary symptoms. She is lethargic but luckily still has the energy to move around and respond when called, and she still eats and drinks everyday. My main problem is that because of her chewing-gum fits, her canine teeth are scraping against her gums so you can sort of see "dents" where her teeth scraped. She developed bad breath and swollen gums but the vet did not recommend using antibiotics for that because they might make her immunocompromised more than she already is, so we just used a dog toothpaste.

    It has been about a week, her gums no longer seem swollen and her breath is normal again; however you can still see the "dents." Unfortunately our vet is not well-versed in orthodontics so she doesn't know what to recommend to us and referred us to a different vet who I have yet to see.

    Do you think it'll be necessary for me to have her teeth extracted? Because she got distemper so young you can see she has enamel hypoplasia - her teeth are largely spaced and have weird/jagged surfaces, so I really wouldn't want her to lose any more teeth, much less her canines. However at the same time I'm afraid her gums will get infected through the dents. Do you think regular brushing will be enough to keep bacteria at bay especially since I can't put her on antibiotics for her gums? Or maybe there are other natural remedies to at the very least help maintain her dental hygiene to avoid that?

    Any help is appreciated!

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    Those are her baby teeth aren't they? so can't you just wait it out?

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    Re: Dog has "dents" in gums?

    Quote Originally Posted by cheeplet View Post
    Hello, I have a 3-month-old dog who contracted a case of distemper. It looks like she got it shortly before she got vaccinated so the vaccine covered up most of the initial symptoms, and we didn't realize she was sick until she started having seizures.

    Right now I have her on medicine for secondary symptoms. She is lethargic but luckily still has the energy to move around and respond when called, and she still eats and drinks everyday. My main problem is that because of her chewing-gum fits, her canine teeth are scraping against her gums so you can sort of see "dents" where her teeth scraped. She developed bad breath and swollen gums but the vet did not recommend using antibiotics for that because they might make her immunocompromised more than she already is, so we just used a dog toothpaste.

    It has been about a week, her gums no longer seem swollen and her breath is normal again; however you can still see the "dents." Unfortunately our vet is not well-versed in orthodontics so she doesn't know what to recommend to us and referred us to a different vet who I have yet to see.

    Do you think it'll be necessary for me to have her teeth extracted? Because she got distemper so young you can see she has enamel hypoplasia - her teeth are largely spaced and have weird/jagged surfaces, so I really wouldn't want her to lose any more teeth, much less her canines. However at the same time I'm afraid her gums will get infected through the dents. Do you think regular brushing will be enough to keep bacteria at bay especially since I can't put her on antibiotics for her gums? Or maybe there are other natural remedies to at the very least help maintain her dental hygiene to avoid that?

    Any help is appreciated!
    Those are her baby teeth. Her permanent teeth won't show up until she is 5-6 months old. Let nature take its course. She will be fine.

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