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Fractured and Broken Teeth in Pets

Fractured and broken teeth can occur within the life of a pet and are more commonly seen in dogs than cats. The tooth is a strong organ comprised of pulp, dentin, enamel, and cementum. Enamel covers dentin above the gum line. Enamel is the hardest tissue in the body--stronger than bone--but it is still susceptible to fracture. As your local veterinary dentist in Colorado Springs, our practice Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery has some insight as to what can cause fractured and broken teeth in pets.

cavities in dogs

In dentistry, cavities are known as caries. The term caries is Latin for decay. The usage of the word cavity in human dentistry is likely due to the ‘cavity’ that forms resulting from decay. True caries involve a bacterial decay of tooth structure. This occurs when bacteria digest fermentable carbohydrates and produce acids that diffuse into enamel and cause destruction of the tooth.

 

veterinary dentist in Colorado Springs and Castle Pines, Co.

The tooth is a dynamic organ made up of organic (living) and inorganic (nonliving) tissue. Just like your’s, your pet’s teeth are comprised of different layers. These layers consist of pulp, dentin, cementum, and enamel. Each of these layers contributes to the overall strength and vitality of the tooth in a unique way.

 

 

brushing your pet's teeth

Brushing your pet’s teeth may seem like a daunting, and perhaps unnecessary, challenge. However, with consistency and practice, it can be quite easy and take only 2-3 minutes to complete. It is also gratifying to know that this practice helps to maintain a healthy oral cavity, which contributes to an overall healthy pet. We have to ask what our mouths would look like if we went days, weeks or months without brushing. Our pets are no different. 

 

Why is Good Oral Health Important for Your Pet?

 

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