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Hi all! My 6 Year old female Maltese, Lily May, has multiple loose front teeth. The canines and molars appear to be fine. Maybe there is a small amount of halitosis that only my husband can smell (go figure!). Our vet said there is no obvious infection or periodontal disease. I do teeth cleaning every night and even use TruDog "Spray Me" dental spray when I'm done brushing. She does have a slight congenital underbite, but no other health problems. Her diet is all freeze dried raw food with a raw goat's milk appetizer.
The vet feels all of the loose teeth should be removed under anesthesia of course. I would love to hear what other maltese lovers' experiences have been. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. Thank you so much.
 

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Maltese often have dental problems and bone deterioration can be a cause of loose teeth. I highly recommend you find a veterinary dentist - not your regular vet - who can assess the situation and determine the best course of action. Leaving it untreated can lead to multiple health issues, including bacterial infections that can damage heart and other organs.

Depending on where you live, there may be a dental specialist near you or even available through a veterinary school. I took my girls to one and although it was more expensive it was the best approach for them.
 

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Maltese often have dental problems and bone deterioration can be a cause of loose teeth. I highly recommend you find a veterinary dentist - not your regular vet - who can assess the situation and determine the best course of action. Leaving it untreated can lead to multiple health issues, including bacterial infections that can damage heart and other organs.

Depending on where you live, there may be a dental specialist near you or even available through a veterinary school. I took my girls to one and although it was more expensive it was the best approach for them.
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for the Excellent Advice!💕
Lily had 8 teeth extracted - all upper incisors, 1 lower incisor and 1 molar. Our holistic vet said the bottom teeth that were loose will firm up now that the bacteria is removed from cleaning because the bone is in good shape. Lily did great with the anesthesia and surgery ( she is tiny at 4.8lbs). Late afternoon had an appetite for soft freeze dried food and finished the evening with a soft plush toy in her mouth. :) In retrospect, I wish we would of done yearly teeth checks. Going forward we have a 6 month check up and hope to do non-anesthesia cleaning ( did this at 3 years old & no issues) if all looks well. Unfortunately, a premium diet and nightly teeth cleaning aren't enough for these tiny chiclet teeth.
 
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