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My 4 year old dog has just lost a tooth! What should I do?

I was making my bed this morning, and I found the tooth. I am shocked because she hasn't been showing any signs of dental pain or anything of that nature. There was no blood on the tooth, and it came out completely clean and whole. What could have caused this, and do I need to take her to the vet?
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Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016-
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November 07, 2009 05:56 PM Look for it!

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No in all seriousness, this is very common with 4 year olds, they get into chewing hard things they shouldn't be and loose one or two teeth down the road.

You shouldn't have to panic, however I would recommend bringing it up at your next vet visit and not feeding your dog any hard food or toys for a while.

Not something to panic about just be careful about what you feed him/her.

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@XDS
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November 07, 2009 06:13 PM I would say that losing tooth is a problem that you should definitely not ignore. Take your dog to the vet to make sure that it is taken care of. Since there was no blood, it might not have been caused by your dog colliding with something. So your dog might have some dental problem. It could be a bacterial infection, something called as the tartar accumulation and there might be other subtle signs of this problem. Check his gums and try to find out if he is reacting to the pain. Don't panic and get it checked at the earliest to prevent further complications.

Here are articles that I think will help you know more about it.
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http://dogs.about.com/od/dogandpuppyhealth/qt/dentalcare.htm
http://www.seefido.com/html/what_can_i_do_if_my_dog_loses_.htm

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November 07, 2009 06:26 PM Even though it is possible for an adult dog to break a tooth while chewing something hard, its not really normal for a dog to just lose an adult tooth.

Some of the reasons for an adult dog to lose teeth include periodontal disease, hyperparathyroidism and even a benign oral tumor. Even though the socket may look clear and your dog shows no signs of pain, it's still an open wound and could become infected.

I would at least call the vet for advice on what you should do.
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http://www.deerparkvetclinic.com/dental.htm
http://www.denvervetdental.com/faq.htm#09
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/how-to-tell-if-your-dog-has-dental-disease/pag...

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November 07, 2009 07:25 PM Smell his breath. If it smells worse than just animal breath, there's some kind of infection going on. It's not hard to determine what is animal breath and what is very bad, can't be near you, don't breath in my face kind of breath.

I learned a long time ago that animals need regular dental checkups. Neglecting my older cat has caused him serious mouth problems because I didn't know there was an issue until he could no longer eat.

Now he's 13 and I have to give him regular cortisone shots to keep the ulcers in his mouth down. Even the vet doesn't know if this is related, but she does know that she would have caught it sooner, had he had regular dental screenings.

My bad, live and learn.
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November 07, 2009 07:50 PM I have a Labrador Retriever, so i understand your concern. I would first give the pup a thorough oral exam. Meaning, look for any "loose" teeth, locations that may seem to irritate the dog, easy bleeding upon applying pressure, and lastly, whitening or over redness of the gums. If you "push" with your index finger on the gums and it briefly turns white then regains normal color, i don't beleive you have anything to worry about. If the pups gums are red, there may be an infection that needs to be looked at by a professional. If the gums are white, this would point to internal bleeding,(i've gone through that one before with my first dog). So, in closing, gums should be light pink, react to touch with color exchange as i mentioned. And perhaps maybe doing a little extra research on the breed of dog you have. That may answer some questions. Hope i was able to help, and if anything, offer a little comfort.
Regards-
Thatoneguy
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November 07, 2009 11:57 PM You should take her to the vet, it's not impossible for a dog that age to lose a tooth with no real problems other than accidental but it's possible there is a dental disease you just aren't seeing.
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November 08, 2009 07:34 AM Since you've received such wise and experienced answers, I do not feel remiss in offering this one - take the tooth, slip it under her doggy bed and during the night replace it with a dog treat. When she wakes up, feign surprise and delight and explain she had a visit from the Canine Fairy - canine being a truly rotten pun regarding the species and the teeth. The pit bull made me do it.
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November 08, 2009 04:25 PM I suggest that you check your dog tooth first,For protecting its tooth later,it is best to you brush your dog tooth everyday like what you do every day,pls take a look at the photo.Often it have no sign of dental pain,because dog is not human,its holding capacity is very great,so It is not easy to find it, you should take your dog to doctor for checking this problem.If possible,the dentist need use amalgam to fill its teeth,pls view my link to find good place for filling the tooth for dog.good luck to your dog.
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http://www.avds-online.org/

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