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Does Your Dog Have Hairy Teeth?

Have you been shocked to notice your dog’s hairy teeth?

Have you ever lifted up your dog's lip to reveal the bazaar sight of hair apparently growing out from under his gums?

"Help! My dog has hairy teeth!"

What Causes Hairy Teeth in Dogs?

Skin problems cause hairy teeth in dogs. The hair isn't actually growing from under the gums. Rather, it's stuck up in there, and it got there when your dog was frantically chewing at his skin and fur. It generally happens in dogs with short, coarse hairs like boxers and bulldogs.

These coarse, thick hairs can easily become jammed up under a dog's gums when he is chewing on his skin. The dog's immune system gets upset with the presence of the hairs under the gums and responds by developing inflammation in the area. This response varies from mild to severe depending on the dog.

When hairs are wrapped around the teeth or up under the gums, they become magnets for food, which can get caught up in the hair and cause further problems for the gums. Infections may develop, and tooth loosening and mouth pain may result.

Many times, a foul odor accompanies hairy teeth in dogs because of concurrent infections and the presence of old food mixed in with the hair.

How to Treat Canine Hairy Teeth

First, the hair must be cleaned out from under the gums, along with anything else that has gotten caught up there. Depending on the severity of the problem, this can sometimes be done by the veterinarian with a hemostat or some gauze.

However, if the hair problem is severe or there is secondary periodontal inflammation, infection, or tooth loosening, general anesthesia for a complete dental cleaning may be required.

Next, the underlying skin problem that caused the dog to develop hairy teeth in the first place must be properly identified and treated to prevent reoccurrence. Some of the skin problems that can cause a dog to chew excessively at his fur and develop hairy teeth include:

In the meantime, remove any new hairs that get caught under the gums with gauze or through tooth-brushing.

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