Punta Gorda Animal Hospital

25120 Marion Ave
Punta Gorda, FL 33950




"Baby" teeth or decidous teeth are similar to baby teeth in humans.  Generally, the deciduous teeth of dogs and cats begin to fall out at 16 weks of age as the adult tooth erupts from below.  You should never have an adult and a baby tooth occupying the same space.  If this occurs bad things can happen.  The adult tooth can be forced out of position by a retained baby tooth. Over crowding can cause mal-postioning of other  teeth.  Finally, tartar can quicky form in the space between the adult and retained baby tooth leading to permanat damage and possible tooth loss.  

plaque and calculus build-up, gingivitis, and gingival recession

What should you do if the baby teeth do not fall out?

The answer is simple.  Remove them!

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