Message Number: YG6308 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Trina
Date: 2001-08-11 19:52:00 UTC
Subject: Complications due to bad teeth...

I've read a couple of responses the the "Upper canine
problem" post and I must say - I was unaware that tooth
problems could cause so many complications. Is it common for
a bad tooth to cause a temperature? What other complications
could result from build-up on teeth? I'm curious because I
have a 3yr old, and two that are 5yrs old. I've never had
their teeth cleaned. Is this something I should look into?

One of my little girls, at about 4yrs old exibited what I
compare to a human cringing when she would try to eat or even
drink. She would cock her head sideways, squint her eyes and
grind her teeth, she'd be kind of frozen for a few seconds.
This even happened when she'd try to drink water. Thinking it
was her teeth, I tried warming some water with kibble and she
loved it. She still had trouble if she tried to chew. I took
her to the vet and he felt there was some build-up on the
teeth, but not enough to cause problems. Then he noticed
quite a bit of build-up in her ears. Well, her ears turned
out to be the culprit - a bad case of mites and possible ear
infection. Once treated, she was back to normal. But now I'm
wondering about those teeth.

FYI - The warm water&kibble is now an expected treat :o)

Thanks for any input.